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March 28, 2006

More on push to reform California's 3-strikes law

Providing continuing coverage of an important reform movement in California, this AP article details that a proposal for revising California's tough 3-strikes law has a surprising advocate:

The lead voice urging voters to reconsider California's tough "three strikes" sentencing law belongs to an unlikely advocate for change: one of the state's top lawmen.  Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is pushing for a ballot measure he believes would make prison terms more just by reforming guidelines voters passed amid an early 1990s crime wave.

Cooley says his motivation is twofold. He wants the punishment to fit the crime and believes current guidelines — the toughest in the nation — can be too harsh. He also worries that Californians eventually will overhaul sentencing law, and he wants reform done right.  "We're fixing three strikes in order to save it," says the Republican prosecutor who leads the country's largest district attorney's office. 

One result could be that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of inmates would be sentenced to shorter terms or set free.

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I was very impressed in reading your e-mail . I am a student and the three strikes law is very important to me regarding some of my family members who are incarcerated . Thank You and keep up the good work and good luck

Posted by: Mary Guzman | Apr 23, 2006 7:20:38 PM

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