California Reconsiders Draconian Three-Strikes Prison Sentences

American justice: 17 years behind bars for stealing cigarettes. The Los Angeles Times writes:

A Los Angeles County judge responsible for reconsidering the life prison terms of more than 1,000 offenders sentenced under the state’s three-strikes law began the process at a hearing Monday, reducing the punishments for five inmates convicted of relatively minor crimes.

Among those given shorter sentences was a 74-year-old who has served more than 15 years for possessing $10 worth of drugs and an 81-year-old behind bars for more than 17 years for stealing dozens of packs of cigarettes.

The hearing came three months after voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 36, which softened California’s tough three-strikes law and allowed many inmates sentenced for non-serious and nonviolent offenses to ask for shorter prison terms. In Los Angeles County, the hearings are expected to continue through at least much of this year.

2 Comments on "California Reconsiders Draconian Three-Strikes Prison Sentences"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Feb 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

    only Homelanders would think the rules of child’s game
    should be applied to Homeland Criminal Justice

    their form of Justice is Criminal

  2. InfvoCuernos | Feb 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm |

    Like just about everything government does, it seemed like a simple solution to crime until it started getting abused. I know way too many people that are on their 2nd strike and chances are pretty good that because of huge legal fees and other financial burdens incurred while locked up the first time will probably end up doing some crime to survive. The system is set up for them to fail. Just one more thing that I thought might “change”, but probably never will.

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