Legal definition of Three Strikes law (CA)
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Three Strikes law (CA)

a contoversial California law adopted in 1994 and intended to cut the number of violent criminals.
Under California three strikes law, if a person is convicted of any felony, and he has two or more prior convictions for strike offenses, he must be sentenced to at least 25-years-to-life in State Prison.
Second Strike Cases:
Under California three strikes law, if the person is convicted of any felony and he has one "strike" prior, he must be sentenced to double the prison term on the current conviction.

If someone is sent to prison on a second or third strike, he must complete at least 80% of the sentence before he is eligible for release. Without a strike prior, and if the current conviction is not for a violent felony, the person normally only serves only 50% of the sentence.
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