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Three Strikes Law

Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments to appeal a federal court's ruling last year that the California state prison system would have to release 40,000 prisoners to cope with overcrowding so severe that it violated their human rights. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: 3-Strikes Law And California’s Costly Prison System

Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and are out of prison.

09/10/2013

(CBS)

Sentences Cut Short For 1,000 California 3-Strike Prisoners

Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and have been released from prison.

09/10/2013

Folsom State Prison (CBS)

California ‘Three-Strike’ Inmates Get 2nd Chance With New Law

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.

04/29/2013

Prison bars, generic, crime

Voters Pass Prop. 36, Reform Of ‘Three Strikes’ Law

The nation’s harshest three strikes law has been reformed to allow for shorter sentences for some offenders.

11/06/2012

Prison Inmates

State Three Strikes Law Faces New Challenge In Proposition 36

California’s “three strikes” law is 18 years old and is again the subject of heated debate.

09/23/2012

53-year-old Bud Wally Ruiz of Gilroy is accused of killing a puppy during an argument with his wife. He is facing animal cruelty charges. (Gilroy Police Department)

Gilroy Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges In Puppy’s Death

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday filed charges against a Gilroy man who is suspected of hurling a puppy against a wall during an argument with his wife and killing the animal.

CBS San Francisco–05/18/2011

A laser light pointer aimed at an airplane in flight. (AP graphic)

Defendant Faces Stiff Punishment For San Jose Laser Incident

Santa Clara County prosecutors appear to be getting serious about cracking down on people aiming laser pointers at aircraft. One such suspect is facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison under California’s three strikes law.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/31/2011

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