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Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments to appeal a federal court's ruling last year that the California state prison system would have to release 40,000 prisoners to cope with overcrowding so severe that it violated their human rights. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000.
California’s “three strikes law” is one of the toughest sentencing laws in the country. It puts habitual criminals away for 25-years-to-life sentences.
But Prop 36 would tweak the law to keep non-violent or non-serious crimes from putting someone away for life. It’s polling well and is expected to pass.
We’ll look at what that means for California’s prison system.