“Prop 36 Works” Rally

On April 18 a rally was held at the Capitol in Sacramento to support Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, which allows people convicted of non-violent drug possession to receive drug treatment instead of imprisonment. When initial funding for the program ran out in 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger chose to continue funding only at 2000 standards, amounting to a significant cut. The event celebrated the success of the 72,000 graduates of Prop 36 who are living proof that offering treatment and support instead of removing people from their communities and imprisoning them works.