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IN MARCH OF 2000, the voters of California passed Proposition 21, the "Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act of 1998," which altered sections of the Welfare and Institution and Penal Codes as well as created new sections that delineate a supervision program for certain minors brought before the courts. Proponents hailed the initiative as a "get tough on juvenile crime and gangs" measure, while opponents argued it was a draconian attempt to incarcerate more children for longer periods of time, and was too sweeping in its effect.