"Three Strikes and You're Out" 15 Year Report shows an average of 1,000,000 serious or violent crimes are prevented every 5 years and 10,000 Californians spared from becoming murder victims since its passage in 1994. One amazing fact is that although California's population has gone up by 14,000,000 residents since its passage crime has not gone up proportionately. A remarkable stastic indeed. We've made a distributable PDF version available. Mike Reynolds has written some remarks to introduce this study.
The Stanford School of Law's Progress Report on their Proposition 36 initiative came into our hands recently and is available here for reading. Mike Reynolds had some remarks about details you may have not considered; you may read them here.
State, judges should rethink early release of some felons. We are seeing the vast majority of these early-release 3 Strikers back in custody on new charges for new crimes within a very short time. Just how much does the state save when you figure in the cost of a new trial complete with a new defense and prosecution lawyers with no account for the impact to the victims of these repeat offenders?
Today the Fresno and Sacramento Bee newspapers came out against Prop 47, saying it goes too far too soon. That, is an understatement. Read the Bee's editorial opinion.
PROPOSITION 47 AND 3 STRIKES The simple overview sums up Prop. 47 as reducing approximately 400 offenses on the California felony list to only misdemeanors when the amount of the loss is less than $950. It then would require time to be served as 1 year or less in county jail. This, of course, is subject to 50% "good time" credits. There is, however, a more damaging aspect to California's 3 Strikes law that goes beyond the impact of Prop. 36. Prop. 36 reduced all third strikes that were not serious or violent to second strike status requiring that the penalty for the non serious or violent felony be doubled and 80% of the time be served in "state prison." Now many offenders walking our streets with strikes are facing second strike penalties if they commit a new felony. Continue reading ...
Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reforms haven't lived up to his billing. Although Jerry Brown claims the so-called prison crisis is over, today, California is spending nearly $2 billion a year more on incarceration than when Brown introduced his strategy in 2011. The prisons are still overcrowded, and the state has been forced to release inmates early to satisfy federal judges overseeing the system. Counties, given custody of more than 142,000 felons so far, complain that the state isn't paying full freight for their supervision. Many jails are now overcrowded, and tens of thousands of criminals have been freed to make room for more. This development illicited some remarks by Mike Reynolds. Read "Realignment to Nowhere."
Recently released, the Preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2012 shows marked increases for all categories of crime throughout California. Keep in mind that the 2012 data are for only 6 months.
In 1995 this was BIG NEWS. In fact, it was apparent to Three Strikes most vocal critiques, among them the editors of this paper in which this article ran. View the article as it appeared on that day in 1995.
In light of the recent introduction of an initiative to greatly weaken 3 Strikes by a Stanford Law professor, you would think that a Bay Area Law School would be the last place you would expect to find a positive review on 3 Strikes.
We are often asked, "How did 3 Strikes get started? What was its origin?" The story is best told in a segment from ABC's 20 20 TV show with Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs. It was first aired January 19, 1994.