California’s Three Strikes Law was enacted in 1994 in response to the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas. Since then, crime rates have gone down and defenders of the Three Strikes Law ask; why mess with success? But proponents of Proposition 36 argue their initiative will remedy the unintended consequences of Three Strikes, which they say include unjust incarceration and prison overcrowding.
George Gascon, district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco
Bob Doyle, sheriff of Marin County
Mike Romano, lecturer at the Stanford Law School and founder and supervising attorney of the Stanford Three Strikes Project
Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit public interest law organization dedicated to the rights of crime victims and the criminally accused