California’s current “three strikes” law imposes a life sentence for any felony if the person convicted has two previous serious or violent felony convictions. Proposition 36 would revise the law so that a life sentence on the third strike would only be given if that third strike is for a serious or violent crime. If passed, the measure would also allow for re-sentencing criminals who are currently serving life sentences if their third conviction was for a non-serious or non violent crime and a judge determines that a new sentence does not pose an “unreasonable” risk to public safety. Under Prop 36, mandatory life sentences would continue to be imposed if any previous conviction was for rape, murder or child molestation, or if the third crime involved sex or drug offenses, or a gun.
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