October 21, 2004
struck out: Last Chance: Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo believes the Three Strikes law helps control crime. Full Circle: Joe Klaas, grandfather of Polly Klaas, is arguing to reform the law that his granddaughter’s death helped inspire. Photos: Jan Morba
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California’s Three Strikes Law, designed to keep the most dangerous criminals off the streets, has stuffed state prisons with nonviolent offenders. Is it time to rethink the law?
It’s the Fourth of July, and instead of hanging in someone’s back yard drinking a beer and waiting for a burger, I’m being admitted to one of California’s 32 prisons for a visit with a ...