Friday, October 24, 2014 • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In 1994 California citizens voted to enact the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law. The law imposes sentences of 25 years-to- life on defendants who have two prior convictions for crimes defined as serious or violent by the California Penal Code. The public was galvanized to enact the law following the brutal murders of Kimber Reynolds and Polly Klaas. Voters enacted a modification in 2012 to remove certain crimes and to establish a mechanism for certain offenders to petition for reduced sentences. This year voters will be asked to vote on Proposition 47, which would redefine certain crimes as misdemeanors and thus further narrow the scope of Three Strikes.
The Rose Institute of State and Local Government is hosting a conference on Friday, October 24, 2014 to look back on how and why the Three Strikes law was enacted twenty years ago, how it has worked, and what effect proposed changes, such as Proposition 47, may have on its legacy. The program will run from 1:00-4:00pm and will have one panel reflecting on Three Strikes and a second examining Proposition 47. Rose Institute students will also present research on Three Strikes and Proposition 47.
• Mike Reynolds, author of California’s Three Strikes law
• Jennifer Walsh, Azusa Pacific University
• Brent Tufeld ‘82, Deputy Los Angeles County Public Defender
• Mike Hestrin, Riverside County District Attorney
• Joseph Bessette, Claremont McKenna College
Friday, October 24, 2014 • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm