The recent passage of Proposition 47 is a nightmare for some California counties, including Butte County. The new law reduces penalties for some non-violent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. In Butte County that means that between 100 and 300 inmates may be eligible for early release. According to Sheriff Kory Honea, most of those crimes are drug-related.
“My concern is that when these folks get back on the streets, they will continue to engage in the type of behavior that got them to jail in the first place,” said Honea. “We could have a revolving door of people who are committing drug-related offenses.”