Release Non-Violent Prisoners held under Three Strikes
Many men and women are serving life in California State Prisons for non-violent crimes. They are not eligible for relief under Prop. 36 because their crimes are considered "serious". Serious can be swiping a purse off of a coffee table and stealing less than $10. Serious... wrong yes, a crime yes, worth LIFE in prison? I don't think so. My family is being ripped apart for this very reason.
My husband was offered a plea bargain, if he would have accepted the 18 years for stealing $3 and a blank check he would be coming home right now under Prop. 36. However, he did not accept the deal so he was charged with Burglary instead of Petty Theft (his original charge), he was given Three Strikes, even though he had only been convicted once before, and he was sentenced to Life... even though the judge didn't want to sentence him, he said the current law had tied his hands and that my husband must be sentenced to Life as this was considered a "serious" crime under the penal code. It's been 10 years now. Did you know non-violent Three Strikers are NOT eligible for any good time or milestone credits? That means no matter what they do to better themselves, no matter how good they are they aren't coming home any sooner, they are sitting in prison wasting tax payer dollars.
Please help these men and women, help restore families and stop wasting resources that can be used to better our families instead of tearing them apart.
Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California
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