The way it is now - In 1994, California voters adopted a “three strikes” law that defines strict sentencing for a person’s third felony conviction. If a person has two violent or serious felony convictions, their sentence for any third felony conviction — not just violent or serious felonies — is life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years before the possibility of parole.
What Prop 36 would do if it passes:
Effect on the state budget:
Savings could be between $70-90 million every year, because fewer people would be imprisoned for life, and some current inmates would get sentence reductions. The cost of court activities for resentencing could be a few million dollars in the first few years.
People for Prop 36 say (www.fixthreestrikes.org):
People against Prop 36 say (savethreestrikes.com):