Solano felons hope 3-strikes change will set them free

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Jan 20, 2013
Solano felons hope 3-strikes change will set them free

Four career criminals from Solano County, all serving prison sentences of at least 25-years-to-life, are trying to get out of prison because of recent changes to California’s three-strikes laws.

Last year, California voters overwhelmingly agreed to change the state’s three-strikes law so that it only applied to criminals whose third felony offense was deemed serious or violent. The law had a provision to allow anyone in prison as a three-strikes offender to petition the courts to have their punishment reconsidered and possibly reversed by the courts.

Officials estimated as many as 3,000 three-strikes offenders statewide could have their sentences changed. The number of three-strikes offenders in Solano County has so far added up to only four inmates and prosecutors say that could be all of the petitions coming from inmates from Solano County as a result of the change in the law.

The petitions of three of those four three-strikes offenders were heard in court for the first time Friday. The fourth petition is set to be heard Jan. 28.

The low number of petitions is largely due to a policy of former District Attorney David Paulson to typically pursue a three-strikes punishment only when the third offense was deemed serious and violent.

The petitions come from four men, all former Vallejo residents. All have extensive criminal records.
Lamont Hightower

Vallejo, CA

#2 Jan 20, 2013
So after their 2nd strike, these thugs couldnt stay out of trouble and got 25 to life? Sounds like they're too stupid to be set free.

Zuchwil, Switzerland

#3 Jan 20, 2013
Instead of 3 Strikes bring back the firing squads.
Can Of Worms

Vallejo, CA

#4 Jan 20, 2013
When the courts ordered Jerry Brown to reduce prison overcrowding, he decided to reduce their sentences and release them back to society. It really helped him to balance the budget at the same time.

Vallejo, CA

#6 Jan 20, 2013
Its bullsh!t like this that lets an old white man who looks like santaclause free. That ol bastad should of been put in the ground in the 1960's. What a backwards ugly society we have created.
no standards

San Ramon, CA

#7 Jan 20, 2013
liberals want you dead
democrats belong to a death cult
i read the news today

Vallejo, CA

#8 Jan 21, 2013
"Three-strikes reform may release repeat offenders without guidance"

more of our own are coming home, we need to get the parole services center up and running soon as our best defense against recidivism. to hell with gomes and her fear-mongering crowd, suddenly critical of these types of services after applauding the same thing from fighting back partnership when her husband ran the show.

Vallejo, CA

#9 Jan 21, 2013
We wouldn't need a "parolee reporting center" if there were no parolees.
no standards

San Ramon, CA

#10 Jan 21, 2013
3 in the head and you know they're dead
and at least that one will not commit another crime, and to the libs out there, if we can "prevent just one" crime isn't it worth it ?

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