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California Proposition 21, Treatment of Juvenile Offenders (2000)

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California Proposition 21 appeared on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California. It passed, with 62% of voters in favor.

The ballot measure was an initiated state statute.

Ballot language

The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General read:

  • Increases punishment for gang-related felonies; death penalty for gang-related murder; indeterminate life sentences for home-invasion robbery, carjacking, witness intimidation and drive-by shootings; and creates crime of recruiting for gang activities; and authorizes wiretapping for gang activities
  • Requires adult trial for juveniles 14 or older charged with murder or specified sex offenses.
  • Eliminates informal probation for juveniles committing felonies.
  • Requires registration for gang related offenses.
  • Designates additional crimes as violent and serious felonies, thereby making offenders subject to longer sentences.

Fiscal impact estimate

The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 21. That estimate was:

  • State costs: Ongoing annual costs of more than $330 million. One-time costs of about $750 million.
  • Local costs: Potential ongoing annual costs of tens of millions of dollars to more than $100 million. Potential one-time costs in the range of $200 million to $300 million.

Campaign contributions

$587,005 was spent supporting the measure. $431,829 was spent opposing it.

Opponents of the measure included:

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