Prop. 36: Three Strikes Law

Revises 3 strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent.
Outcome: Passed

Summary

Revises law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. May authorize re-sentencing if third strike conviction was not serious or violent.

Hide

what your vote means

Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: Some criminal offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who commit certain nonserious, non-violent felonies would be sentenced to shorter terms in state prison. In addition, some offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who are currently serving life sentences for many nonserious, non-violent felony convictions could be resentenced to shorter prison terms.

No

A NO vote on this measure means: Offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who commit any new felony could continue to receive life sentences. In addition, offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who are currently serving life sentences for nonserious, non-violent felonies would continue to serve the remainder of their life sentences.

Hide

financial effect

Yes

State savings related to prison and parole operations that potentially range in the high tens of millions of dollars annually in the short run, possibly exceeding $100 million annually in the long run. Increased state and county costs in the millions to low tens of millions of dollars annually in the first few years, likely declining substantially in future years, for state court activities and county jail, community supervision, and court-related activities.

No

No change from status quo.

Hide

campaign arguments

Yes

Restores the original intent of the Three Strikes law by focusing on violent criminals. Repeat offenders of serious or violent crimes get life in prison. Nonviolent offenders get twice the ordinary prison sentence. Saves over $100,000,000 annually and ensures rapists, murderers, and other dangerous criminals stay in prison for life.

No

Proposition 36 will release dangerous criminals from prison who were sentenced to life terms because of their long criminal history. The initiative is so flawed some of these felons will be released without any supervision! Join California’s Sheriffs, Police, Prosecutors, and crime victims groups in voting No on Proposition 36.

Hide

campaign information

Yes

Pedro Rosado

Committee for Three Strikes 

Reform

(415) 617-9360

pedro@FixThreeStrikes.org

www.FixThreeStrikes.org

No

Mike Reynolds 

Save Three Strikes 

P.O. Box 4163 

Fresno, CA 93744

SaveThreeStrikes.com

Hide

Additional information

Prop. 36 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeInitiated state statute
Date QualifiedQualified: 06/11/12
ProponentDavid Mills c/o Dan Newman
Signatures by CountyClick here to view.
Signatures Required504,760

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1GEORGE SOROS$1,000,000
2DAVID MILLS$953,000
3N.A.A.C.P. LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC.$175,000
4PETER ACKERMAN$100,000
5SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION$75,272
36.2%
34.5%
6.3%
3.6%
2.7%
$2.8 million raised in total

No

83.4%
8.3%
3.0%
2.1%
0.8%
$119.9 thousand raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1PEACE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA$100,000
2SAN MANUEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS$10,000
3FRIENDS OF DEBBIE POOCHIGIAN FOR SUPERVISOR 2012$3,636
4FRESNO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION$2,500
5WILLIAM DUNN$1,000

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

No

No information found. Have a suggestion? Let us know

Comments

MapLight Voter's Edge is the one-stop shop for nonpartisan voter information about California ballot measures. Our voter guide provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about the November 2012 propositions, all in one place, so that you can know what you're really voting for before you head to the polls.

Note: Some ballot measure campaign committees are supporting or opposing more than one proposition, so the total amounts raised by those committees are reflected on multiple propositions. For this reason, adding contributions across propositions will double-count certain contributions. Please contact MapLight for further details.