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SAN JOSE -- District Attorney Jeff Rosen has concluded that more than 60 "three-strikers" from Santa Clara County who are serving life sentences for relatively minor crimes probably didn't deserve such harsh punishment -- and he will seek shorter terms or outright release for at least some of them even if an initiative to scale back California's tough Three Strikes Law loses in November.
Rosen's staunch support of the initiative -- including a provision that would pave the way for judges to easily reduce life sentences for certain three-strikers -- distinguishes him from most of the state's 58 district attorneys. Only two others -- fellow Democrat George Gascon, of San Francisco, and Republican Steve Cooley, of Los Angeles County -- have endorsed Proposition 36.
Yea CA's 3 stike rule has been a disaster...
Ca prisons are overcrowded to the point that they regularly have to have mass releases of criminals, as well as getting accused of Civil rights violations due to cruel and unusual punishment from being packed like sardines in there...
Is this what we have come to as a Society?
Everyone okay with the MASSIVE prison pop in the US, Larger than even Communist countries...
The US needs MASSIVE prison reform, before they end up locking us all up.
Im in CA, most of these prisoners are not "violent" Or dangerous they tend to mostly be minor drug offenders.
California is California and they don't call it a Republic for nothing. People's Republic would be better, I believe. They just have to go extreme on everything. Extreme to create this problem and now, wow, extreme will come to fix it. Watch, this guy will be only the first and I'd be curious what the first 2 hits were on these releases.
This always should have been 3 violent crimes, in my opinion. Violence as simple as a slap across the face in a bar fight...but violent nonetheless.
It has been terrible to hear about people going down for 25-life on felony theft of a carton of cigarettes or something. ...and who would some didn't just do THAT crime 3 times?
Yeah, I’m OK with locking up felons…aren’t you?
Well I guess that depends on your definition of a felon.
Let me tell you the story of my friend..
Lets Call him Tony, hes a # up, but not dangerous in the least.
He broke up with his Girlfriend who had Bought a motorcyle for him in her name.
THe break up got bad, he was paying her cash (his fault I know) for the bike payments.
Until one day she decided not to pay the payments and keep the money, Reporting the Bike as being stollen by him.
Well she claimed he broke in and took the bike from her garage, never mind that she had been allowing him to park it there.
Long story short he was facing a 3 felony count for grand theft, breaking an entering, and a drug charge because he had less than a gram of weed on him, she was even trying to say he beat her.
They where trying to lock his ass up for life, so he plea dealed because he thought he was going to end up in jail for life...
Yea there are plenty of problems with our legal system that we should not be locking people up for life,
Mandatory minimum sentences take the power away from the court system to do their job, its a knee jerk reaction to crime with out understanding anything about Criminals and Rehabilitation.
SAN FRANCISCO — In a ruling that affects scores of criminal defendants, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday that a single criminal act can count as more than one crime under the state's three-strikes law.
The 4-to-3 ruling upheld a sentence of 25 years to life given to Russell Benson, a Lancaster man who was convicted of stealing a carton of cigarettes from a Target store. He had been convicted 15 years earlier of two felonies that stemmed from a single knife attack on a neighbor. Had his earlier conviction been considered as only one strike, Benson would have faced a maximum six-year sentence.
LA Times - Source
With the ruling in place, defendants who were convicted of two prior felonies but received probation could now face life in prison for a relatively minor crime, he said. "It is a really frightening result."
Benson was arrested in 1994 and convicted of petty theft with a prior. The judge, assuming the two prior felonies counted as separate strikes, sentenced Benson to 25 years to life.
We ALL know why our prisons are over packed. I wont get into "why", because it violates the T&C guidelines. You can honestly say, if the laws were changed, you would only have 1/3 of the problem sitting in them today. I am not in favor of the 3 strike law, because I know personally, 2 people, that are there for the above reason. Not a violent crime, not a crime that involved deaths, just had x amount on them, or was with someone, or in a property, that had something in it, unaware of it.
Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by seabag
BTW, My Uncle was sent back to prison, for that very reason. Served time, was on Probation. Didnt like the World, after serving 30 years, decided to get put right back in. Pack of Gum...........
Wonder what that cost the Taxpayers, hey?