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Measure To Scale Back Three-Strikes Law Passes State Assembly - But No Vote Til 2014

Publication Date: 
February 01, 2012
San Jose Mercury News
Tracey Kaplan

The Stanford Three Strikes Project was mentioned in the following article by the San Jose Mercury News' Tracey Kaplan for its involvement in drafting an initiative to reform California's Three Strikes Law.

A group of Stanford University professors backing an initiative to scale back California's tough Three Strikes Law will continue to aim for the November ballot, even as the state Assembly on Tuesday passed a similar measure that wouldn't appear before voters until 2014.

"It's too important to wait," said Dan Newman, a spokesman for the backers of the 2012 initiative.

His campaign is midway through collecting the necessary 504,760 signatures by mid-April to qualify for the November ballot.


The initiative crafted by the Stanford professors, including those at the university's Three Strikes Project, would also allow certain hard-core criminals, including murderers, rapists and child molesters, to be put away for life for any felony, including shoplifting, while restricting the third strike to a serious or violent felony for everyone else.