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Prop. 47's effect on jail time, drug rehabilitation is mixed so far
Prop. 47's effect on jail time, drug rehabilitation is mixed so far

Jose Ibarra snapped on latex gloves, pushed aside an upturned sofa and rummaged through the belongings piled below an underpass in Silver Lake. Under a thin, grimy mattress and the torn pages of a pornography magazine, the Los Angeles police officer discovered two needles and a glass pipe with a small amount of methamphetamine inside. The makeshift shelter's owner stood a few feet away, handcuffed as Ibarra's partner kept watch. Until recently, the homeless man would have been hauled off to jail to face a felony charge. Then came Proposition 47, the landmark ballot measure that downgraded drug possession and minor thefts to misdemeanors. On this recent evening, Ibarra...

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