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And They're Out

Publication Date: 
October 03, 2013
California Lawyer
Lorelei Laird

California Lawyer's Lorelei Laird explains the effects of Proposition 36 and the work the Stanford Three Strikes Project is doing to connect prisoners with pro bono attorneys. 

The reform of three-strikes sentencing - undertaken by voters last year with the passage of Proposition 36 - made 3,000 to 3,500 lifers eligible for resentencing or release.

But inmates aren't guaranteed an attorney for most post-conviction proceedings. So, at the request of Stanford Law School's Three Strikes Project, which advocates for people serving long third-strike sentences for minor crimes, most California public defenders' offices have been handling resentencing petitions for free. In counties without public defenders, the project connects prisoners with pro bono attorneys.