November 2012 Election, California, Proposition 36

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Vote Recommendation: No

The revisions proposed here seem unnecessary. Judges currently have the prerogative needed to handle sentencing in individual cases with the leniency they may require. This law will only weaken that prerogative to the detriment of the general public.

See: November 2012 Election, California


Three Strikes Law. Sentencing for Repeat Felony Offenders.

Initiative Statute


Revises law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. May authorize re-sentencing if third strike conviction was not serious or violent. Fiscal Impact: Ongoing state correctional savings of around $70 million annually, with even greater savings (up to $90 million) over the next couple of decades. These savings could vary significantly depending on future state actions.

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