California’s Three Strikes Law
The mandatory minimum sentence under California’s Three Strikes law for a third strike offender is twenty-five –years to life prison sentence. Second strikers receive double their current offense).
Currently there are forty two thousand plus criminals sentenced under the guidelines for second and third strikers in the California Department of Corrections.
Five thousand plus have received at least a twenty-five year-to-life sentence for nonviolent and non-serious offenses.
In 1985 California’s prison population was approximately fifty thousand. Since that time California’s prison population is closer to two hundred thousand in 2008.
Thousands receiving at least a 25 years-to-life sentences for petty-theft, drug possession and weapons possession since implementation of California’s Three Strikes law.
The percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics receiving Three Strike sentences is by far greater than any other people receiving Three Strike sentences.
More than twenty percentage of California African-American men in their 20’s are in prisons, on probation or parole.
Californians spend billions on prisons and jails. Operating costs per year to house a Three Striker in a maximum security prison cost California tax payers approximately one hundred seventy five thousand dollars ($175,000) per year; this covers medical and housing for prisoners over the age of forty-seven.
California begins planning for future prison population and construction based on reading skills at the third grade level.
Crime would reduce if California spent more money on colleges, youth centers, treatment programs and technical training rather than prisons.
Proposition 66 was an effort to amend the Three Strikes law in 2004. It appeared on the November ballot in the general election of 2004. California voters defeated prop 66 after misleading information lead voters to believe Three Strikes mandates removed only violent heinous felons from California Streets.
Below are California voter results of how the California Counties voted for and against Prop 66.
California County Results for Proposition 66
- Yes on 66 Endorsement List
Justice, Welfare and Other Advocacy Groups:
Children’s Defense Fund California
California National Organization for Woman (NOW)
California State Conference of the NAACP
Justice, Welfare and Other Advocacy Groups
National Black Police Association
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) California
Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice
Californians for Justice
Congress of California Seniors
Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Working Peoples Law Center
Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation
National Lawyers Guild
Delancey Street Foundation
Human Rights Watch
Hope for the Children
California Prison Focus
Stop Prisoner Rape
Youth Justice Coalition/Free L.A.
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Los Angeles Coalition To End Hunger & Homelessness
Office of Restorative Justice of the Archdioceses of Los Angeles
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council
City of Inglewood
Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (JUICE)
Mothers for Justice
Building a Bridge to Unity
Public Allies Los Angeles
Cambodian Association of America
Central American Resource Center
Coalition Los Angeles
Alliance for Retired Americans
Get On the Bus
The Sacramento Civil Rights Network
Food Not Bombs/Peace Action Outreach of Greater LA
Inquilinos Unidos (United Tenants)
Union De Vecinos
Radio Program Labor Review
Mental Health Assoc. in Santa Barbara County
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom L.A.
Philipino Workers Center of Southern California
Friends Committee on Legislation
Instituto de Educarion Popular de Sur de California
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
University of California Student Association
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
St. Timothy Peace and Justice
Political Party Organizations:
California Democratic Party
Fresno Democratic Party
California Democratic Party Region 21
FDR Democratic Club
Los Angeles Greens
Long Beach Greens
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
California Labor Federation
California State Employees Association
California Faculty Association
California Federation of Teachers
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Service Employees International Union Local 1000
California Church IMPACT
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Progressive Christians Uniting
Progressive Jewish Alliance
Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches
Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara JPIC Office
Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church
Calvary C.M.E. Church
First A.M.E. Church
Los Angeles Council of Churches
Southern Christian Leadership Conference – Los Angeles Chapter
Selah Woman’s Ministries
Baptist Ministers’ Conference
Freedom Missionary Baptist Church
Home Fellowship Church
Los Angeles Churches/Ex-Offender Action Network
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Organizations:
Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing
A New Path (Parents For Addiction Treatment & Healing)
Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP, INC.)
Joseph McNamara, Retired Police Chief City of San Jose
Bill Flores, recently retired Assistant Sheriff of San Diego County
Sgt. Ray Petty, Oakland Police Officer and President of the Western Region of the Black Police Association
Judge LaDoris Cordell, Retired Superior Court Judge for Santa Clara County
Professor Ervin Chemerinsky, Duke University Law Professor
Senator Don Perata (D)
Senator Sheila Kuehl (D)
Senator Kevin Murray (D)
Assemblymember Mark Leno (D)
Assemblymember Mervyn Dymally (D)
Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg (D)
Assemblymember Paul Koretz (D)
Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn
Professor Gerald Uelmen, Santa Clara University Law Professor