In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which reclassified drug possession offenses from felonies or “wobblers” – which prosecutors can charge as either felonies or misdemeanors – to misdemeanors, and in the process reduced the state’s prison and jail populations. Now, a study out of UC San Francisco has quantified the effects of the ballot measure, which was at the leading edge of a national movement to reduce incarceration rates and change the criminal justice approach to substance use disorders.
Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, and other scientists at UC San Francisco have developed a test to predict a woman’s risk of preterm birth when she is between 15 and 20 weeks pregnant, which may enable doctors to treat them early and thereby prevent severe complications later in the pregnancy.
Dr. Robert Hiatt talks with KTVU about the national All of Us study, which aims to recruit one million people for the study. Watch the video clip.