Study: California's Prop 47 linked to increase in theft

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Theft crimes are on the rise in California and researchers believe it has to do with voter-approved Proposition 47 passed in 2014. (KABC)

Theft crimes are on the rise in California and researchers believe it has to do with voter-approved Proposition 47.

The measure passed in 2014 lowered sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, receiving stolen property and other non-violent crimes.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, that led to an approximately 9 percent increase in larcenies by 2016, the bulk of the increases in car theft.

Researchers said a recent uptick in violent crimes is not related to Prop 47.
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