In 1994 California voters passed Proposition 184, also known as the â€œThree Strikesâ€ law and saw an overwhelming positive effect.
The modifications to this law proposed in Proposition 36 on the November ballot would effectively change the law for the worse. If itâ€™s not broken, donâ€™t fix it.
According to californiachoices.org, â€œProposition 36 would reduce some prison sentences served under the three strikes law by mandating resentencing for non-violent felonies.â€
Doing so will release inmates that would otherwise be in jail back onto the streets where they will once gain commit crimes that will put them through the justice system.
The facts speak for themselves. In 1994 the Three Strikes law cut crime in half and moved California from the fourth highest crime rate in the nation to 29th, Â according to threestrikes.org
A yes vote for Proposition 36 will allow criminals to be on the streets and only be locked up after committing a third serious or violent crime.
The current law requires the offender to have been convicted of two violent or serious felonies and at least another felony.
â€œBy changing the third strike requirement to also be serious or violent it not only provides the opportunity for a repeat offender to impact yet more victims, it also stops far fewer serious and violent criminals far later in their career,â€ says savethreestrikes.com.
There is already a system in place to prevent life sentences for those who donâ€™t deserve to be locked up and have the key thrown away.
â€œKeep in mind, every â€˜Three Strikesâ€™ case is closely reviewed by prosecutors who must prove the prior convictions in court.Â In the event that the defendant is found guilty of the current felony offense, the judge can, and does, review the merits of the case to decide whether or not to apply the full â€˜25 to Lifeâ€™, or reduce the case to a second strike. On average, only one out of every nine eligible third strikers gets a â€˜25 to Lifeâ€™ sentence,â€ according to threestrikes.org
California should not sacrifice public safety to save a little money by releasing criminals.
The â€œThree Strikesâ€ law is not an ancient Code of Hammurabi system better known as the â€œeye for an eyeâ€ rule.
Focus needs to be put on crime prevention, not a â€œget out of jail freeâ€ card for violent offenders.
Proposition 36 needs to be voted down to keep repeat offenders where they belong.