Skelton: Time to change California's three-strikes law
In his Monday column, Skelton says too many people have been sentenced to 25 years to life for minor crimes, like stealing bread or being caught with a smal amount of drugs.
"Not under Taliban law in some backward, oppressive society," he says. "They were administered that severe punishment here in enlightened California under our three-strikes law."
Skelton says voters should approve Proposition 36, which says most third convictions would have to be classified as serious or violent before triggering a 25-to-life sentence.
This one might be able to succeed where a 2004 ballot measure failed. That one was opposed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was featured in television advertisements saying, "Keep them behind bars."
All of Skelton's columns are here.
Photo: Inmates' beds fill a gymnasium at the state prison in Lancaster in 2010. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times