Yes on Prop. 66 |

Yes on Prop. 66

The front-page article on Proposition 66 is so biased that I have to write ” though 200 words isn’t much.

California’s Three Strikes law is by far the most extreme of the nearly 40 states with similar laws. No other state has more than a few hundred people in prison, while California has tens of thousands locked up. The financial cost of this policy is hundreds of millions per year, and rising. The human cost is the loss of parents, spouses, and loved ones who could be working and contributing to families and communities, after appropriate punishment.

Our Three Strikes is too extreme. Unlike similar laws, California locks up people whose current offense is very minor ” stealing a slice of pizza or a rental video are well known examples ” because they have serious priors. So these minor offenders serve 25 or 50 to life. Prop 66 will fix this problem, without effecting the valid purpose of incarcerating truly serious and violent criminals.

I think voters will recognize that it makes more sense to provide supervision in the community and put people to work after minor crimes, rather than spending $40,000 per person per year on prison costs and lifetime care.

Stephen Munkelt

Grass Valley

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