Ending California’s 3 Strikes Law

California’s groundbreaking “three strikes” law and the state’s life-without-parole sentences for thousands of convicted murderers have done little for public safety while driving up the prison population — particularly people of color — as well as taxpayer costs, according to a panel established to review state criminal laws.

In a year-end report, the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code recommends repealing, or at least substantially limiting, the three-strikes law that voters approved in 1994, which required sentences of 25 years to life for anyone convicted of a third felony after two serious or violent felonies.

The law doubled prison terms for “second-strikers,” those with a past serious or violent felony who were convicted of any new felony.

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