Ballot measure: Proposition 36
The measure revises California's Three Strikes sentencing law, the nation's toughest. It would reduce the sentence for a non-violent, non-serious third-strike felony from life in prison to a prison sentence that is twice the usual term -- except for people with prior rape, murder or child molestation convictions, or for certain third felonies related to drugs, sex or guns. About a third of current three-strikers would be eligible to apply to a judge for a reduced sentence.
The campaign to pass the measure is currently running a 30-second TV ad in major media markets in the state.
What's the claim?
The ad claims to be "a message from California
Is it true?
Mostly, but the ad is misleading as far as law enforcement's position. The three district attorneys in the ad -- Santa Clara County's Jeff Rosen, San Francisco's George Gascon and Los Angeles County's Steve Cooley -- are the only ones in the state to support the measure. The California District Attorneys Association opposes it. And while some law enforcement leaders like Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck have endorsed Proposition 36, most law enforcement
The other claims are true. The measure is expected to save $70 million a year and reduce prison overcrowding, according to the nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst's Office.
-- Tracey Kaplan, Staff