Proposition 47: Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act was passed in the state of California on November 14, 2014. It lessens drug possession crimes which were previously considered felonies down to misdemeanors. Additionally, it makes petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging checks for $950 or under to be classified as misdemeanors. Now, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti is reiterating the frustration with the law that the LAPD has expressed. In addition, he is voicing concerns over the funds which were to be distributed under Prop 47, but according to Mayor Garcetti, the city never received them.
A Fox 11 investigation exposed the serious homeless meth addiction that exists in the city. The investigation found that there was a steep rise in meth addiction in the homeless community in L.A. It has been supplied by Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) with Prop 47 permitting it to fester and worsen. The lessened punitive actions for drug use have made it easy for people to shoot up in public spaces without fear of penalties. Now, a drug user will simply get a ticket that they don’t take seriously and continue to do drugs.
The authorities complain that prior to the law, treatment was an option for users. Now, that option has gone by the wayside and so use on the streets is on the rise. Mayor Garcetti agrees with the police and understands their disappointment with the results of the law. According to the Mayor, the system is broken.
The thought was that with fewer inmates in prison for drug charges the money saved would be diverted back to local governments. Then the money could be put towards treatment for drug and mental health issues for the population. Unfortunately, the promise of that money hasn’t come to fruition. Garcetti believes that treatment, more so than long prison sentences, must be a part of the solution to the chaos in the streets.
With drug use on the rise, L.A. is also seeing an uptick in street crime. However, as many of the offenses have been decriminalized, what is actually happening in the streets isn’t being reported accurately in the statistics.
Meth, Treatment, And California
Methamphetamines have been a primary drug for which people entering addiction treatment centers have sought help. In 2013, Shasta County reported having a 37.4% increase from 2008 in the number of admissions to drug treatment programs. During the fiscal year, 2012-2013 admissions in the San Francisco and Bay Area counties were 4,936, up from the previous fiscal year where there were 4,450 admissions. In San Diego County admissions there were 29% in just the first half of 2013, wherein 2012 admissions were 25%. Los Angeles County admissions were also increasing. In the first part of the fiscal year of 2013, there were 18.8% admissions compared with 2012 where admissions were at 16.9%.
If you are struggling with addiction you need treatment, not incarceration. The Southern California drug charges lawyers at the Manshoory Law Group, APC understands the challenges those who are suffering from addiction face. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime in Los Angeles, you need an attorney that knows of the many classes and rehabilitation courses that can be substituted for prison time.
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Manshoory Law Group, APC have extensive knowledge of the system and the programs available. Call the Manshoory Law Group, APC at 877-977-7750 and speak to one of our resourceful Southern California criminal defense attorneys today about your legal situation. We will work with you to find an alternative to prison.