STOCKTON — Proponents for Proposition 47 estimate the initiative approved by California voters in 2014 made one million people eligible to have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, including more than 50,000 people in San Joaquin County.
Californians for Safety and Justice has partnered with billionaire philanthropist B. Wayne Hughes Jr. and several community organizations to hold a Prop. 47 Record Change and Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at San Joaquin Delta College. The event will feature free Prop. 47 legal consultations, health screenings, dental and eye exams, education and job opportunities, live entertainment and fun activities for children, organizers said.
In 2014, California voters approved a ballot measure that reclassified most non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Those who wish to get a free legal consultation to find out if their previous felony convictions can be reduced to misdemeanors must take a current copy of their criminal record to the Californians for Safety and Justice fair.
Those who don’t have a current copy of their criminal record can attend a free Live Scan event. For a list of Live Scan events, call (844) 753-6747 or go to sanjoaquinfor47.com.
Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 people to attend the fair, which is free for vendors and community members. Community groups that are co-sponsoring the event include: El Concilio, the NAACP, the San Joaquin County Public Defender’s Office, the Community Partnership for Families, the United Way, Reinvent South Stockton, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, the Office of Violence Prevention and Humphreys Law School.
Having a felony conviction often can be a stumbling block when someone wants to apply for employment or even some housing, so the proponents of Prop 47 are hopeful it will lead to better outcomes for those who succeed in getting their records changed.