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March 27th, 2013
thesmithian

Despite the passage in late 2012 of a new state ballot initiative that prevents California from ever again giving out life sentences to anyone whose “third strike” is not a serious crime, thousands of people—the overwhelming majority of them poor and nonwhite—remain imprisoned for…offenses so absurd that any list of the unluckiest offenders reads like a macabre joke…Have you heard the one about the guy who got life for stealing a slice of pizza? Or the guy who went away forever for lifting a pair of baby shoes? …How about the guy who got life for possessing 0.14 grams of meth? This…monster of a mandatory-sentencing system is…the legacy of a series of complex political choices…California’s Three Strikes law has its origins in a terrible event from October 1993, when, in a case that outraged the entire country, a violent felon named Richard Allen Davis kidnapped and murdered an adolescent girl named Polly Klaas. Californians were determined to never again let a repeat offender get the chance to commit such a brutal crime…

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    In ancient times it was an eye for an eye, now its a head for a nickel! Punishment should fit the crime! No more poor...
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