Prop. 36 Will:
- ELIMINATE unintended and ineffective life sentences currently imposed for nonviolent, non-serious crimes
- RESTORE the original intent and core purpose of the Three Strikes law: to keep dangerous and violent criminals behind bars.
- SAVE $100 million per year to fund schools, prevent crime, and decrease the need for tax increases.
For Relief Under Prop. 36:
We are working closely with Public Defender offices and other service providers throughout the state to provide the best possible assistance for anyone eligible for relief under Prop. 36.
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Why We Won
"The state should not allow the misallocation of limited penal resources by having life prison sentences for those who do not pose a serious criminal threat to society. The punishment should fit the crime."
"Prop. 36 is good for public safety in California. It ensures just, fair, and consistent criminal sentences. The policy has been in place in Los Angeles for over a decade and our crime rates are at record lows. Our limited prison resources should be directed at keeping violent offenders off the streets."
"I have been in law enforcement for over thirty years and I know that spending more money on prisons doesn’t solve the bigger issue of reducing crime. The Three Strikes Reform Act saves California taxpayers money and restores the original intent of the law by focusing on truly dangerous criminals."
"Prop. 36 reforms the Three Strikes law to what it was intended to be—focused on violent serious criminals."
"Prop. 36 ensures consistency and justice under the Three Strikes law. It reflects the best practice for Three Strikes cases in California; maintains public safety; and will save taxpayers millions of dollars."
Equal Justice Initiative
"Basic services for children, senior citizens and hard-working people are being cut to pay for excessive prison terms that unnecessarily keep people in prison for decades. It's not smart, it's not right and it's time for change."
"As the Senator who chaired our state’s prison oversight committee, I saw firsthand the need for substantive reform in California’s sentencing laws. The Three Strikes Reform Act will enable California to not only be TOUGH on crime, but to be SMART on crime as well."
Vice Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus
"Three strikes reform in California will put our state in concert with the 22 other states in the country who have three strikes policies which require a violent and serious offense for every offense including the third strike. This is a just and fair policy."
"Reforming California's Three Strikes law is not only the right thing to do for the people unfairly serving life sentences in the state of California; it is a positive step towards improved social justice in America."
Americans for Tax Reform
"The Three Strikes Reform Act is tough on crime without being tough on taxpayers. It will put a stop to needlessly wasting hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ hard-earned money, while protecting people from violent crime.”
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