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Olivia Wilde urges Californians to help her fix the justice system

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Olivia Wilde's baby is the reason she's speaking out about Prop 47

Olivia Wilde is now a mom, and the experience has opened her eyes to certain things. And even though the actress is speaking out about how important her family is to her, that is one thing in her life that has never changed.

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"Family is everything. I've always felt that way, but having a baby this year really drove that truism home," Wilde explained to E! News.

Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcomed baby Otis back in April. She was using the moment to talk about family and how it related to the upcoming election.

"Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including — believe it or not — our criminal justice system,” she said. “That's why I'm supporting Proposition 47."

Proposition 47 is a voter initiative in California that reduces jail time for certain offenses — including shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, fraud, writing a bad check (where the value doesn’t exceed $950) and personal use of most illegal drugs. The crimes would require a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Although Wilde is supporting the proposition, she urges everyone to go out and vote — but only to do so if you do research first. She says her family "instilled, since I was a child, a commitment to critical thinking. Don't believe what you hear; explore and analyze what you encounter to determine your own truth. This family trait has led me to not only think deeply about societal issues but also to act. Having my son has only increased my desire to do so."

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Wilde isn’t the only celebrity who has spoken out about Prop 47. Wilde continued, "I also am one of several Artists for 47 endorsing the initiative, ranging from Jay Z to Brad Pitt to Cameron Diaz and John Legend. We're united in this effort because our current justice system is tearing apart families for low‐level crimes, and draining community resources and tax coffers to pay for it. It hasn't worked, and I urge Californians to join me on Nov. 4 in voting yes on Prop. 47."

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