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Isnt it time Washington reforms this law?

The Three Strikes law that voters passed in 1993 did not include second-degree robbery on its original list. It was added later.
Plus, in 2003, the Justice Policy Institute showed that after 10 years, non-strike states realized a greater reduction in violent crime than states that had three strikes laws.
Most states that adopted this law changed their mandatory sentences or reformed their parole policies. Isnt it time that Washington reforms this harsh law? Imposing a sentence of life without parole for shoplifters and petty drug offenders is illogical, inhumane and incredibly wasteful.
My very good friend passed away July 4. She was incarcerated as a three-striker. To support a drug habit, she committed three second-degree robberies.
She never actually used a weapon and there were never any injuries. Her total take amounted to about $900 and for this she was spending life in prison. She had completed eight years of her sentence when she died. Clean and sober for eight years, she chose not to ever use again and she surely didnt belong in that prison.
People can and do change. My friend, a very kind, beautiful and caring person, is a perfect example of the injustice of our three strikes law. She deserved a better chance as do many others.
Shirley White
Port Townsend

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