Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined four former state governors this week in calling for voters to reject Proposition 5, a ballot initiative intended to steer more drug offenders into treatment rather than prison, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 31.
The current and former governors joined the state's prison-guards union, law-enforcement groups and many drug-court officials in opposing the ballot item; supporters include national drug-policy reform organizations and addiction treatment providers and physicians in California.
Schwarzenegger called Proposition 5 "a great threat to our neighborhoods … It was written by those who care more about the rights of criminals." Former Gov. Gray Davis said the plan would "cost dollars and it will cost lives."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has also spoken out against the measure, telling voters in a recent commercial: "Say no to drug dealers."