Thursday, May 26, 2011

California Prisons Overcrowded Because Of Three Strikes Law

According to Newsone, the U.S. Supreme court ruled that the prisons must release 36,000 prisoners within five years.  This is forcing them to either build more facilities, or just release the prisoners.

Larry Gerston Ph.d., a political science professor at San Jose State University says that the three-strikes law may contribute to overcrowding.
In fact, more than anything else, the problem was caused by the “three strikes” initiative passed by the voters in 1994, which allows judges to sentence twice-convicted felons to a minimum of 25 years in prison, regardless of the crime they are convicted of on the third occasion. Tens of thousands of prisoners are incarcerated because of that law, and the state has failed to build enough facilities to house them.

This is an absolute waste of tax payers money!!!!!  So....our law makers would rather cut funding to our children's education than getting laws like this changed which would help the budget????   Our society is totally backwards!!!!

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