California counties vary on new Three...

California counties vary on new Three Strikes law

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Vallejo, CA

#1 May 5, 2013
California counties vary on new Three Strikes law

Majorities in every California county voted last fall to scale back the state's Three Strikes law so thousands of inmates serving life sentences for relatively minor third offenses would have the chance to be set free.

Five months later, there is no such unanimity among counties when it comes to carrying out the voters' wishes.

Whether a third-strike felon eventually will gain freedom varies greatly depending on the county that sent him away, according to an Associated Press analysis of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation data.

In San Bernardino County, which has the second highest number of eligible inmates, 33 percent of the 291 Three Strikes inmates have been granted release under Proposition 36. But in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, just 6 percent of the nearly 1,300 eligible inmates have had their sentences reduced so far.

Statewide, 16 percent of 2,847 eligible inmates have been re-sentenced.

In Solano County, there are four inmates eligible to be re-sentenced, but none have been yet.

Defense attorneys blame prosecutors in some counties for opposing inmate petitions for re-sentencing even in cases where the prisoner clearly qualifies for early release under the language of Proposition 36. Those oppositions require time-consuming court hearings and written arguments.

"We are frustrated that some DAs are stubbornly refusing to follow the law," said Michael Romano, who authored and runs the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School. The project represents about 20 inmates seeking re-sentencing.

Prosecutors say a decision to set repeat felons free should not be made in haste.
Lamont Hightower

Vacaville, CA

#2 May 5, 2013
Any thug with 2 strikes who steals a slice of pizza knowing that that would be his 3rd strike should not be walking among us! I'll pay extra taxes to have the chimp permanently removed from the street. EITHER WAY, YOU WILL PAY FOR THEIR EXISTENCE;

1 life in prison

2 welfare/section 8
green acres

Vallejo, CA

#3 May 5, 2013
what happened to the police mowing them down, that was going good for a while then it stopped.

San Rafael, CA

#4 May 6, 2013
Smoke weed

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