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Times-USC poll find support for changing three-strikes law

October 26, 2012 |  6:18 pm

Support for the three-strikes measure, Proposition 36, has held relatively steady in recent weeks, with 63% of voters in favor, 22% opposed and 15% undecided or not answering, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week.

Last month, the initiative was leading by 66% to 20%.

The three-strikes law allows prosecutors to seek sentences of 25 years to life for any felony if offenders were previously convicted of at least two violent or serious crimes, such as rape or residential burglary.

Proposition 36 would amend the law so offenders whose third strikes were relatively minor felonies, such as shoplifting or drug possession, would no longer be eligible for life terms. Of the state's nearly 8,900 third-strikers, about a third were convicted of drug or minor property crimes.

In this Google+ Hangout, Times reporter Jack Leonard discusses Prop. 36.