AB1950, by Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles, would limit the duration of probation to no longer than two years for a felony offense and one year for a misdemeanor. Supporters say the bill would reduce excessive sentences that cause many rehabilitated offenders to return to prison for minor violations. About 20% of people jailed in California prisons are there for to probation violations, according to the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments. People typically serve three years of probation for misdemeanors and five years for felonies.

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