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.
Two aspects of California’s criminal justice system are on November’s ballot: the death penalty and three strikes law. Historically endorsed by overwhelming margins, public opinion appears to be shifting in favor of repealing both laws.
A registered sex offender from Gilroy, accused of killing a Chihuahua puppy, could spend the rest of his life in prison, under California’s “three strikes” law.