For this reason, special courts typically handle juvenile proceedings, which are geared more toward rehabilitation than punishment. Nonetheless, courts may consider juvenile crimes when sentencing an adult under the three-strikes law. A lawyer versed in a juvenile three-strikes defense can help your child get the best representation possible.
In November, the voters reaffirmed the measure by overwhelmingly approving Propositionan initiative that is essentially identical to Chapter The measure is the most significant change to the state criminal justice system in more than a generation.
This analysis summarizes the findings of that piece, provides more up-to-date data, and recommends that the state closely monitor the implementation and impact of the Three Strikes law.
Violent and serious felonies are specifically listed in state law. Violent offenses include murder, robbery of a residence in which a deadly or dangerous weapon is used, rape and other sex offenses; serious offenses include the same offenses defined as violent offenses, but also include other crimes such as burglary of a residence and assault with intent to commit a robbery or rape.
Chapter 12 and Proposition are virtually identical in their prison sentencing provisions and both measures can be amended by the Legislature with a two-thirds vote. Although the measure has been in effect for less than one year, it is already having significant impacts on the local and state criminal justice systems.
In assessing the effects of the measure, we reviewed a wide variety of information at the state and local level. We found that most of the data collected during the months since implementation of the law may be reflective of the difficulties of implementation rather than suggestive of the ongoing impact of the measure.
The major initial impacts are as follows: Thousands of Cases Being Prosecuted. There are thousands of offenders being charged under the provisions of Three Strikes.
As of the end of August six months after enactment of the lawthere were more than 7, second- and third-strike cases filed statewide.
Fewer Guilty Pleas by Defendants. Historically, more than 90 percent of all felony cases statewide are disposed of through plea bargaining. This seems to be changing as defendants are refusing to plea bargain and are taking their cases to jury trial, given the much longer prison sentences they face if convicted of a second- or third-strike offense.
Available data indicate that only about 14 percent of all second-strike cases and only about 6 percent of all third-strike cases have been disposed of through plea bargaining. Significant Increase in Jury Trials. As a result of the drop in plea bargaining in many jurisdictions, prosecutors and public defenders expect a significant increase in the number of jury trials.
The impacts discussed above are having spin-off effects on county jail systems. Because offenders charged under the Three Strikes law face significant prison sentences, most counties set bail for second-strike offenders at twice the usual bail amount and refuse bail for third-strike offenders.
These bail changes, coupled with more offenders taking their cases to trial, result in more offenders being incarcerated in county jail. In addition, because third-strike offenders face possible life in prison if convicted, they are considered high-security inmates requiring closer supervision and restricted housing arrangements at a greater cost than the general jail population.
The California Department of Corrections CDC estimates that, at least in the short run, the number of inmates sent to prison under the Three Strikes law will be less than it originally projected, for three reasons.
First, the large backlog of cases awaiting adjudication at the local level has resulted in a slower than anticipated increase in the prison caseload. Second, the department has lowered slightly its projection of felons that, because of Three Strikes, would be sent to state prison instead of being sentenced to probation or county jail.
Third, the CDC is using more sophisticated techniques to estimate the impact of the Three Strikes law than when it assessed the impact of the proposed legislation. We identified the following responses to the impacts outlined above: Because more cases are going to trial, there have been increases in the backlog of cases in the courts.
As a result, some district attorneys are prosecuting fewer misdemeanor cases. A more significant impact of this backlog, however, may be on civil cases where more courts are diverting their resources from hearing civil cases to hearing criminal cases.
As a consequence of the large numbers of Three Strikes offenders awaiting trial, some counties have released more sentenced inmates in order to stay within their court-ordered population caps. Increase in Jail Security. Persons in county jail awaiting trial under the Three Strikes law are considered high security inmates requiring closer supervision and restricted housing arrangements.
As a result, some counties have modified their inmate security systems to better handle and track second- and third- strike inmates. Because of the increase in workload brought about by the Three Strikes law, some jurisdictions have augmented the budgets of their criminal justice agencies.
Although not widespread, there is anecdotal evidence that some judges, juries, and victims are responding to the Three Strikes law in ways that reduce its effects. For example, there is evidence that some judges are reducing minor felony criminal charges to misdemeanors when a felony conviction under the Three Strikes law would require a lengthy prison sentence.
In addition, some superior court judges have refused to consider the qualifying prior convictions when sentencing offenders for new offenses, which is inconsistent with the intent of the measure.
Additionally, some juries have refused to convict persons for relatively minor felony offenses which would have resulted in longer prison sentences under the Three Strikes law, and some victims of crime have refused to cooperate and testify in such cases.
In reviewing the characteristics of offenders charged and convicted under Three Strikes thus far, we found the following: Data we reviewed show that during the first eight months of implementation about 70 percent of all second- and third-strikes are for nonviolent and nonserious offenses.REPEAT FELONY OFFENDERS.
PENALTIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. inmates in the California prison system. The almost $9 billion. Three Strikes Sentencing.
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