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The University of California – Berkeley’s (CAL) student government unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday night condemning California’s famous “Three Strikes” law, Campus Reform has learned.
CAL’s Senate Bill 84 endorses California’s Proposition 36, which would significantly modify the current Three Strikes statute that currently imposes a mandatory life prison sentence on individuals that have committed three felonies.
The resolution passed by CAL’s student government accuses the Three Strikes law of unfairly targeting individuals based on racial lines.
“The sentences resulting from the Three Strikes law is highly disproportionate sending a high number of minorities to prison,” it reads.
The resolution further asserts that the law has “removed people from society for relatively minor transgressions.”
It concludes that “reform on the Three Strikes laws is necessary to preserve public safety, restore fairness, justice and proportionality to our criminal justice system.”
The proposition is opposed by the California Police Chiefs Association, California State Sheriff’s Association, the “big 11” police departments, and the California Republican Party.
The resolution also directs the student government to send a campus-wide “educational” e-mail to the student body educating them on Proposition 36.
A spokesperson for CAL’s student government was not immediately made available to Campus Reform for comment.
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