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Prop. 36 Progress Report


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This Report is co-published by the Stanford Three Strikes Project and the NAACP Legal Defense and Eduction fund on milestone of the 1,000th inmate released under the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 ("Proposition 36").

Proposition 36 offers an opportunity for eligible California prison inmates sentenced under California’s prior Three Strikes law for non-serious, non-violent crimes to seek a sentence reduction from their sentencing courts. Fewer than ten months after the California electorate voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 36 in November 2012, over 1,000 inmates have been resentenced and released pursuant to its provisions. Although many prisoners have been resentenced, there are still more than 2,000 eligible cases outstanding, including over 800 unresolved eligible claims in Los Angeles County alone.

This Report shows that the recidivism rate of prisoners released under the Proposition 36 (2 percent) is well below California's statewide average (16 percent). The Report also presents individual success stories of some of those resentenced and released.

Finally, this report proposes recommendations to address outstanding issues regarding the proposition’s implementation, including expediting the review of over 2,000 prisoners still waiting for their cases to be resolved under Proposition 36; ensuring that prosecutors and public defenders have adequate resources to litigate those cases; and providing better housing, drug treatment, and job training opportunities for prisoners reentering the community.