Ballotpedia explains how the proposition would change voting rights in the state and how it stacks up to other states across the country:
The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed a man recently released on lifetime parole after spending 30 years in prison for “aiding in a murder.”
“I feel as though my voice doesn’t matter, my opinion doesn’t matter,” Windham said in an interview included in the Chronicle report.
The Chronicle explained the support for and critics of the proposition:
17, they said, “will allow criminals convicted of murder, rape, child molestation, and other serious and violent crimes to vote before completing their sentence, including parole.” “People on parole who have completed their prison sentences raise families, hold jobs, pay taxes, and contribute to society in every other way,” supporters said in the state’s ballot pamphlet.