What does the Future Hold for our Children?

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

County

Yes %

Yes Votes

No %

No Votes

Alameda

60.4

322,110

39.6

211,178

Contra Costa

49.2

167,130

50.8

172,371

Fresno

37.1

82,483

62.9

139,874

Imperial

48.5

11,720

51.5

12,465

Kern

43.3

86,297

56.7

113,091

Los Angeles

50.4

1,438,416

49.6

1,418,231

Marin

59.6

77,098

40.4

52,170

Merced

41.4

23,114

58.6

32,751

Orange

37.3

326,165

62.7

548,155

Riverside

39.1

213,266

60.9

331,932

Sacto

43.6

201,609

56.4

260,778

San Bernardino

36.4

181,681

63.6

317,169

San Diego

42.7

461,801

57.3

618,809

San Francisco

69.5

221,865

30.5

97,441

San Luis Obispo

53.1

65,191

46.9

57,585

Santa Barbara

56.9

87,101

43.1

66,098

Santa Clara

52

298,991

48

275,608

Sonoma

54.6

114,598

45.4

95,346

Ventura

38.8

113,380

61.2

178,927


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
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

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.