The state is caught between a tight budget and its “three strikes” law, which imposes a life sentence after convictions. Last Fall voters approved a plan to release some of those lifers.
With the passage of Proposition 36 on Election Day, California’s “Three Strikes” law could change the fates of thousands of state inmates, and now Santa Clara county is making plans for the transition.
The nation’s harshest three strikes law has been reformed to allow for shorter sentences for some offenders.
California’s “three strikes” law is 18 years old and is again the subject of heated debate.
If the election for President of the United States were held today, Barack Obama would defeat Mitt Romney and cement California’s 55 electoral college votes into the Democratic column, according to a newly released KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll of likely voters.