California’s Three Strikes Law and Proposition 47 Conference
Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00-4:00pm
Freeburg Forum, Kravis Center, Lower Level
Claremont McKenna College
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