Some CA Lawmakers Want Voters to Revise 3 Strikes Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Some state lawmakers want to ask voters to revise California’s Three Strikes law as a way to reduce prison sentences and save money on corrections, but they’re having a hard time getting the issue through the Legislature. On Monday, the Assembly failed to pass AB327, which would require that a defendant’s third strike be for a serious or violent felony. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Davis of Los Angeles asked for the bill to be taken up again Tuesday, the deadline for each house to pass legislation introduced last year. Debate split largely along partisan lines, with Republicans saying the bill dilutes the intent of the 1994 voter-approved law, which was intended to punish repeat offenders. Under the law, a third felony conviction triggers an enhanced sentence of 25 years to life.

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