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Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Prop. 36: Should Three Strikes be Changed?


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An inmate in Los Angeles' Men's Central Jail.
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An inmate in Los Angeles' Men's Central Jail.

California's Three Strikes Law was enacted in 1994 in response to the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas. Since then, crime rates have gone down and defenders of the Three Strikes Law ask; why mess with success? But proponents of Proposition 36 argue their initiative will remedy the unintended consequences of Three Strikes, which they say include unjust incarceration and prison overcrowding.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • George Gascon, district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco
  • Bob Doyle, sheriff of Marin County
  • Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit public interest law organization dedicated to the rights of crime victims and the criminally accused
  • Mike Romano, lecturer at the Stanford Law School and founder and supervising attorney of the Stanford Three Strikes Project

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