SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – 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.
A new report released by supporters of Prop 36 states that about 2 percent of those released have since been charged with new crimes. That compares with a 16 percent recidivism rate for all California inmates released from prison, according to the report by Stanford’s Three Strikes Project and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
That’s good news. That’s what the voters were looking for and it looks like they got it but many of these three-strikers tend to be a little older than a lot of the other people that are going through the revolving door. They have to get three strikes to get to that point and they are probably more likely to give up on that life and change their ways.