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Monday, November 01, 2004

Yes On 66!  
Proposition 66 would restore California's "Three Strikes" law to the voters' original intent -- providing for sentences of 25-years-to-life for violent repeat offenders. Right now, several thousand people are serving 25-to-life sentences for petty, nonviolent offenses, such as drug possession or shoplifting.

The prison guards' union, three former governors and current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are opposed to Prop. 66, and they've spent millions of dollars spreading falsehoods about it.
This editorial from the Sacramento Bee says it best:

In the waning days of the 2004 campaign, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is resorting to the worst kind of late attack ads. In a desperate bid to defeat Proposition 66, which would amend California's "three strikes and you're out" law, he has taken to the airwaves with claims that Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei in July called "patently false" and "mathematically impossible."

In his ads, Schwarzenegger says that under Proposition 66 "26,000 dangerous criminals will be released from prison."

Not true. Not one person would be automatically released from prison.

Not one person. Instead, those who are serving third-strike sentences for nonviolent felonies could apply for a resentencing. And Prop. 66 even includes tougher "one-strike" penalties for child molestation.

This measure is supported by the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, North County Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Modesto Bee and Redding Record Searchlight. The state Democratic, Green and Libertarian parties have all endorsed Prop. 66.

Don't fall for the rhetoric of our opponents on this issue. Please help California take a vital step for justice and compassion, and vote YES on Proposition 66.

- DPAlliance