/ May 13, 2009

Law Students Successfully Argue Some Three Strikes Sentences Too Harsh

Students in Stanford’s Criminal Defense Clinic are aiming to help prisoners convicted under California’s three-strikes law.   The law imposes a sentence of at least 25 years for even a nonviolent crime if the offender’s criminal history includes at least two violent or serious crimes.  Since September, students have persuaded judges to lessen the sentences of four prisoners.  The students then work with prosecutors to find temporary shelter and job training for freed prisoners.

The LA Times details two of the freed prisoners here.

Source: LA Times

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