The Oakland Tribune, "Fiscal and prison overcrowding crises could lead to Three-Strikes reform"
Opponents of California's Three Strikes sentencing law say overcrowded prisons and huge budget deficits have created an opening to amend or eliminate the 1994 law. Details of a proposed 2012 initiative have not been spelled out, but are expected to at least require a violent felony conviction to trigger a 25-years-to-life sentence. Three Strikes supporters promise to vigorously fight any efforts to weaken the law. - HTN Foundation
By Paul T. Rosynsky
Posted: 07/24/2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Updated: 07/24/2011 09:11:00 AM PDT
Now, huge budget deficits and overcrowded prisons have given opponents of the Three Strikes Law a more attractive argument for why it should be changed: California is broke and can't afford such an expensive approach to criminal justice anymore.
By focusing on the costs of housing long-term prisoners and on the state's need to reduce its inmate population, opponents said they believe a ballot measure amending the law, promised for 2012, has its best chance of success since Three Strikes was enacted.
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