I've had some friends that I was sure were going to jail. The cops show up, they are taken away on warrants. And the next thing you know... They are back.
Well, it turns out there is no room at the inn.
These are what each level felony is:
FELONY OF THE FIRST DEGREE
First degree felonies, called F-1 violations, are the most serious according to law. They include murder, rape, and kidnapping, among others. An F-1 violation calls for a prison sentence between 3 and 11 years, plus five years of post release control (PRC). If the offender is a repeat offender, the sentence may be adjusted for up to an additional ten years behind bars. Violations such as aggravated murder or involuntary manslaughter may call for an additional ten years. In addition, offenders can be expected to pay up to a $20,000 fine.
FELONY OF THE SECOND DEGREE
F-2 violations are similar to F-1’s in that they typically involve violence. These crimes can include criminal gang participation or felonious assault. The maximum fine for an F-2 is $15,000, and the sentencing guidelines are between 2 and 8 years. Offenders are subject to five years of PRC. Repeat violent offenders may receive up to an additional ten years.
FELONY OF THE THIRD DEGREE
F-3 violations typically carry 9 to 36 months of imprisonment, in addition to a possible $10,000 fine. The court may impose three years of PRC, but offenses of a sexual nature automatically carry five, plus sex offender registration. These crimes are less serious than F-1’s and F-2’s, but they are no laughing matter—perjury and bribery are examples of F-3 violations.
So, it appears if you don't meet these requirements, nothing happens to you.
I don't know the details of all this. But of you don't go to jail for things like drug use or sex work, isn't that basically decriminalizing these things?