177 inmates from Kern County could be released from prison under the new three strikes law

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

The first person has been released from prison in light of three-strike reforms approved by voters.

The change in the law states a third strike now has to be a serious or violent felony before a person can get a life sentence.

Anyone who is in prison under three strikes but who's third strike is not serious or violent can petition for resentencing.

A judge will then resentence the inmate based on the third offense alone.

In virtually all cases, the new sentence will be shorter than what the inmate has already served so they will be released from prison.

The District Attorney’s Office says they have already received a couple of dozen requests for resentencing but no court dates have been set yet.

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