Some answers to that question lie in your hands. On the November ballot, Proposition 20 would increase penalties for certain property crimes and make parole more difficult, while Proposition 25 would replace the existing cash bail law with a risk-based bail system.

In the second of our five “Props to You” events, CalMatters talked to people on both sides of these measures about what the results, whether it’s a “Yes” or a “No” vote, may mean for Californians.

Prop 20 Discussion

Prop 20 would increase penalties for certain property crimes and repeated parole violations — and make it more difficult for some convicted felons to qualify for early parole and release from prison.

CalMatters’ Byrhonda Lyons moderated the conversation on Proposition 20.

Panelists:
FOR Prop 20 – Anne Marie Schubert, District Attorney for Sacramento County
AGAINST Prop 20 – Diana Becton, District Attorney for Contra Costa County

Prop 25 Discussion

Prop 25 would transform how people get out of jail while awaiting trial — making California the first state to replace cash bail with a risk-based system.

CalMatters’ Nigel Duara led the Proposition 25 discussion.

Panelists:
FOR Prop 25 – John Bauters, budget advocacy director with Californians for Safety and Justice
AGAINST Prop 25 – Mike Gatto, spokesperson for “No on Prop 25” campaign

You can learn more about the state ballot measures and election candidates in our California 2020 Voter Guide. You can also watch our full playlist of videos that explains each proposition in one minute here.

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Vanessa Richardson

Vanessa is a former business journalist who has covered personal investing, venture capital, startups and business management for publications like Entrepreneur, Money, the San Francisco Business Times...