Jail inmates imprisoned under California’s three strikes law are no more prone to high-risk “criminal thinking” than others — but are far more likely to be addicted to drugs and alcohol than other inmates, according to an analysis of state data.
California Watch — a nonprofit and nonpartisan investigative reporting group — and the San Francisco Chronicle requested the data on thousands of inmates. They studied their education, psychological and substance abuse profiles.
The study comes as California voters will be asked to vote Nov. 6 on a three strikes law.
California Watch’s Marisa Lagos and Ryan Gabrielson wrote:
The never-before-released data could play an important role for critics and supporters of California’s three strike’s law, amid a dramatic year for criminal justice reform. Thousands of inmates are being transferred to county jails under a realignment plan championed by Gov. Jerry Brown, and voters are being asked to alter the state’s three strikes initiative with a ballot measure in November.