Proposition 36 would make California's three-strikes law a little more lenient by requiring a third strike to be for a serious or violent felony.
Under current law, when someone with two or more serious or violent felony convictions is convicted of a third felony -- no matter what the seriousness -- he or she is supposed to be sentenced to 25 years to life. Under Proposition 36, if the third strike is a non-serious, nonviolent felony, the convict would instead be sentenced to double the normal term for that crime; for example, a third-striker found guilty of a crime for which the normal sentence would be two to four years would instead get four to eight years.
This doesn't apply if the person's current or previous crimes included certain drug-, sex- or gun-related offenses; such crimes would still warrant a life sentence. According to the legislative analyst, the measure would save the state up to $90 million a year in corrections costs.
[For the record, Oct. 29, 2012: An earlier version of this summary said the sentence of 25 years to life was automatic. It is not.]
— Los Angeles Times
A total of 68 individual contributions have been made to three committees supporting and opposing Proposition 36, raising $2,865,632. About 96% of the money raised has been to support the proposition. The list below shows the top individual contributions supporting and opposting the measure. Follow the links for additional detail.
|Out of state||$1,477,525||53.8%|
|Out of state||$0||0.0%|
|1||George Soros||Sept. 25, 2012||$500,000|
|2||George Soros||Jan. 30, 2012||$500,000|
|3||David Mills||Jan. 4, 2012||$253,000|
|4||David Mills||Jan. 30, 2012||$250,000|
|5||N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.||March 26, 2012||$175,000|
|6||David Mills||March 15, 2012||$100,000|
|7||David Mills||March 7, 2012||$100,000|
|8||Peter Ackerman||Jan. 26, 2012||$100,000|
|9||David Mills||Jan. 19, 2012||$100,000|
|10||David Mills||April 26, 2012||$75,000|
|1||Peace Officers Research Association of California Political Issues Committee Porac Pic||Aug. 3, 2012||$100,000|
|2||San Manuel Band of Mission Indians||Oct. 10, 2012||$10,000|
|3||Friends of Debbie Poochigian For Supervisor 2012||Oct. 18, 2012||$3,636|
|4||Fresno Police Officers Association||July 13, 2012||$2,500|
|5||Margaret Mims For Sheriff||July 18, 2012||$1,000|
|6||William Dunn||July 17, 2012||$1,000|
|7||Philip Souren Setrakian, Attorney At Law||Oct. 17, 2012||$500|
|8||Rl Chip Putnam||July 13, 2012||$250|
|9||Fletcher & Fogderude, Inc.||Oct. 18, 2012||$200|
|10||Michael Keitz||Oct. 17, 2012||$100|
* The totals for contributions to Proposition 36 include those from one committee working to support or oppose multiple propositions. The $354,920 raised is included in the totals for each proposition. This could skew the totals reported here.
* Committees campaigning for or against a proposition can contribute money to other committees working to support or oppose any of the propositions on the November ballot. To date, this committee-to-committee giving accounts for about $20.4 million. Also, totals for propositions do not include unitemized contributions under $100.