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Picking 'three-strikers' to free poses complex challenge
Picking 'three-strikers' to free poses complex challenge

In California prison, Lester Wallace was hardly a model inmate. He spat at a correctional officer, fought with another convict and grabbed a prison guard by the neck before punching him in the stomach. Wallace racked up more than 20 disciplinary charges while serving a life prison term under the state's "three strikes" sentencing law for trying to steal a car radio. Still, he says, he deserves another chance. Wallace is one of more than 1,000 prisoners from Los Angeles County who have asked a judge to reduce the length of their sentences or free them under Proposition 36, a 2012 ballot measure that softened three strikes. A request can be denied if a judge decides an...

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