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SENTENCE ENHANCEMENT. REPEAT OFFENDERS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Provides increased sentences for convicted felons who have previously been convicted of violent or serious felonies such as murder, mayhem or rape. Convicted felons with one prior conviction would receive twice the normal sentence for the new offense. Convicted felons with two or more prior convictions would receive three times the normal sentence for the new offense or 25 years to life, whichever is greater. Includes as prior convictions certain felonies committed by juveniles over 16 years of age. Reduces sentence reduction credit which may be earned by these convicted felons. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Annual and one time costs to the state of several billions of dollars would be incurred as a result of additional and longer state prison commitments; some savings to local government in an unknown amount would result from the shifting of sentenced offenders from local to state responsibility and fewer prosecutions of repeat offenders.
Mike Reynolds, 305 E. Harvard, Fresno, Ca 93704 (209) 222-1044
Sentence Enhancement. Repeat Offenders. California Initiative 604 (1993).