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Support Prop. 47

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California has long been one of the country's pioneers in creative and expansive ways to lock people up. We were one of the first to pass a "Three Strikes" law, and have the unfortunate distinction of being the only prison system found by the US Supreme Court to be unconstitutionally overcrowded.

But just like our fellow citizens who made mistakes in the past, California too deserves a second chance. Prop. 47 gives us our own shot at redemption.

Prop. 47 can provide a mandate for a better California, one where we support each other and invest in our people, and put an end to misguided approaches that have been punitive and wasteful. Demanding "Schools Not Prisons," a new California majority is emerging, one that will shape our state's future this November and beyond.

Matt Haney is an elected member of San Francisco's Board of Education and the co-founder of #Cut50, a new initiative to cut the prison population nationally by 50 percent in 10 years.