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Liberal California mayors are backing this ballot measure that could lock up repeat retail thieves

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For the first time in ten years, California voters could get the opportunity to change a controversial law aimed at criminal justice reform. A new proposal would roll back parts of a law approved in 2014 to reduce punishments for some crimes. The proposal has support from district attorneys, Republican lawmakers, and big chain stores. It also has support from a handful of Democratic mayors. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom opposes the proposal, but it appears destined to be decided by voters. Under the current law, theft of less than $950 in merchandise is charged as a misdemeanor. The proposal would create harsher punishments for theft and drug-related offenses.