Strong Support for Reform of California “Three Strikes” Reported in Survey


A new survey from the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University finds strong support for a proposition on the California ballot in November to reform the three-strikes law for sentencing of repeat felony offenders. The survey reports 31.1 percent saying “strongly yes,” 23.3 percent “somewhat yes” and 26.6 percent “leaning yes,” for a total of 81.1 percent in the yes category and only 13.1 percent saying “no” in various degrees.

Its proponents say that Proposition 36 provides that repeat criminals would get life in prison for serious or violent third strike crimes, and double the ordinary sentence if the third strike is not serious or violent. Currently any felony, including nonviolent crimes like shoplifting or drug possession, could trigger a life sentence if the defendant has two prior convictions for serious or violent crimes.

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