published on September 20, 2016 - 7:59 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) is hosting a town hall event Friday to discuss the impacts to crime in the Central Valley associated with Proposition 47.

Passed by voters in 2014, Prop 47 reduced penalties for certain crimes such as drug possession and petty theft.

“Loopholes created by Proposition 47 made stealing guns, receiving stolen property, shoplifting, and drug possession, misdemeanor crimes instead of felonies. The same person can commit the same crime over and over again and face no jail time,” according to a news release from Patterson’s office.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer are scheduled to participate.

The town hall will be held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium at 808 4th St. in Clovis on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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