Proposition 36 Election Results: Yes on 36 Out to an Early Lead, Would Soften Three Strikes

By Hillel Aron

Proposition 36 Election Results: Yes on 36 Out to an Early Lead, Would Soften Three Strikes

See Also: Proposition 36 Three Strikes 

Early returns and some absentee ballots show Proposition 36, the measure to soften California's "three strikes" law, out to an early lead with 61.5% of voters favoring the measure.

Only 1.3% of precincts are reporting, according to

the Secretary of State's website

.

Under the current law, prisoners convicted of two violent offenses face life sentences if convicted of a third crime, no matter what the severity. If Prop 36 passes, that third strike would have to be violent or serious, and as many as 3,000 inmates would be eligible for reduced sentences.


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