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Sacramento County 'Three-Striker' Freed Under Prop. 36 Learning To Live With Freedom

Publication Date: 
April 09, 2013
The Sacramento Bee
Andy Furillo

Michael Romano, director of the Three Strikes Project, spoke with the Sacramento Bee's Andy Furillo about the release of three strike inmates post-Proposition 36 and the ultimate goal of ensuring a "realistic and robust"  transition and re-entry plan for every inmate upon leaving prison.

Eugene Dey knew what he had to do.

He had just gotten out of the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad as one of the first Sacramento County "three-strikers" released from his life sentence under last year's voter-approved Proposition 36.

Dey said he knew what the data said, what the studies showed: Two years of in-prison drug treatment, followed by a year of sober living in a program on the outside, and he would have an excellent chance to make it all the way back.


Michael Romano, director of the Three-Strikes Project at Stanford Law School, which pushed Proposition 36 to approval, encouraged the state's judges to take a deliberative approach to resentencings.

"We want to make sure that everybody who is released under Proposition 36 has a realistic and robust transition or re-entry plan in place," Romano said.