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California's 3 Strikes Law

Publication Date: 
October 09, 2009
KQED - This Week in Northern California
Belva Davis

Michael Romano and Galit Lipa, of the Criminal Defense Clinic, are interviewed in a KQED segment on California's 3-Strikes Law:

In 1994 California voters passed the toughest 3 strikes law in the nation, one of only three states where the third strike can be for any offense. More than 4000 prisoners are serving life sentences in California for non-violent third offenses. In light of the state deficit and court orders to reduce the prison population, should California reconsider harsh sentences for third offenses that are neither violent nor serious? This in-depth look at the law includes a range of voices and opinions, and features exclusive interviews with inmates at Soledad prison serving third strike sentences.