The author of California's Three Strikes law, Mike Reynolds, spends Friday afternoon on the radio, speaking very publicly about the 20th anniversary of his 18-year-old daughter's murder. Kimber Reynolds was brutally shot outside of Daily Planet, which was a very popular restaurant in the Tower District.
“Normally we would have had a very low key 20th anniversary, just family and maybe the original people that helped us on this,” said Reynolds.
Instead, he chose to use the day as a platform, defending Three Strikes while a group tries to reform it. A November ballot initiative aims to limit what crimes qualify as a third strike, which triggers 25 years to life in prison.
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"This will help ensure that there is room in our prisons for truly dangerous criminals, and that the punishment fits the crime for non-violent offenses."
The group also claims the state will save 100 million dollars a year by allowing current prisoners who qualify to apply for a reduced sentence.
“Yes we can revamp Three Strikes and we can let a lot of these individuals out of prison who earned their way there, and it will save money, but at what cost to local communities throughout California?” questions Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Dyer says Fresno is already experiencing negative impacts from the state's prison realignment. Reynolds hopes the state doesn't go backwards after how far it has come.
“[Kimber’s] death, as tragic as it was, went on to actually save other lives,” said Reynolds.
Voters rejected a similar reform of Three Strikes back in 2004.