July 13 2015

Voicewaves – Two People Whose Lives Will Improve Thanks To Prop. 47



…That year, Shaver wandered into a Kmart and stole an electric shaver and screwdriver worth $122. The security guard caught him. “I don’t know why I did it. I didn’t need the money. I just made a mistake. I messed up,” Shaver said. Shaver was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. “I was in prison for minor crimes…it was hard to accept that,” he said. It costs $47,000 a year to house an inmate in prison, according to the CA Legislative Analyst’s Office. That means California spent about $799,000 to keep Shaver behind bars for 17 years, for a crime worth $122. Shaver learned of Prop. 47 while in prison and applied to have his three felonies reduced with the help of an attorney…

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