Leandro Andrade was found guilty of breaking into a home, guilty of burglarizing a business and guilty of stealing 150 dollars worth of videotapes. Three strikes and he's in a California prison serving two life terms.
Leandro Andrade is Three-Striker; "I was never a violent person. I just had a drug problem."
None of his felonies involved violence. Same with Keith Barnard. He’s serving 25 years-to-life for burglary, attempted burglary, and theft of 130 dollars’ worth of clothes.
"To keep me locked up for the rest of my life now is just a big waste of money."
Lots of money, according to a new study that claims the ten-year-old law has not reduced crime and costs the state billions.
Bill Jones says it has saved billions. He co-authored the Three Strikes law and claims crime in the state has gone down 46 percent.
Bill Jones says, "The lowest level of burglaries since 1957 and over 2 million fewer victims, which really is what 3 strikes focused on."
The study's authors at the Justice Policy Institute admit to being dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration, and think inmates without [sic] nonviolent convictions shouldn't suffer from Three Strikes.
Some prosecutors, like San Francisco District Attorney Kamela Harris, agree: "It's unfair, it's unreasonable and it's not a deterrent."
Judges and prosecutors have the option whether or not to use Three Strikes in nonviolent cases, and some maintain they are sending fewer nonviolent felons to prison for life imprisonment.
Bill Jones says there are almost 100,000 fewer prisoners now than without Three Strikes.
“We built 19 new prisons prior to Three Strikes; other than the ones we funded before (19)94, we've built none since.”
A great deterrent or just unfair? This month it's been around ten years and there's no major movement to change it.
The law known as "Three Strikes and You're Out," or simply “Three Strikes,” was passed by California voters in 1994. Under this law, people who are convicted of three felonies—seriousor violent crimes—may be sent to prison for the rest of their lives. The crimes that count as “strikes” include violent offenses such as murder, robbery, rape, and assault as well as nonviolent but serious crimes such as burglary and selling or manufacturing drugs.
Bill Jones, the author of the law, was California’s Secretary of State from 1995 to 2003.
The law is controversial because it has caused some people who never committed violent crimes to be sent to prison for life. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the law is constitutional.
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