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
    Chicano Consortium
    Coalition Los Angeles
    Alliance for Retired Americans
    Community Coalition
    Get On the Bus
    Homies Unidos
    The Sacramento Civil Rights Network
    Food Not Bombs/Peace Action Outreach of Greater LA
    Inquilinos Unidos (United Tenants)
    Union De Vecinos
    Freedom Journal
    Paragon Soundtracks
    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
    Unions:
    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
    Faith-Based Organizations:
    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.)
    Individuals:
    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
    Holly Houston