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The Hidden Impact Of Three Strikes; State Law Is Widely Used To Coerce Plea Bargains

Publication Date: 
November 28, 2011
The Monterey County Herald
Julia Reynolds

The Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project is mentioned by Julia Reynold in the below Monterey County Herald article for it's focus on current "three strikes" cases across the state.

Across California, hundreds of criminals convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual crimes last month were no longer sent to prison under the state's massive inmate realignment — but this group of "low level" offenders does not include more than 2,200 inmates currently imprisoned for the exact same crimes.

They are serving life sentences under California's three-strikes law.

It is this incongruity that again has inspired a reform effort aimed at requiring that an offender's third strike be a serious, violent offense.


The reversals have sprung from a surprising voice on the right — Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. The cases are also the focus of Stanford Law School's Three Strikes Project, modeled after the famous Innocence Project.