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From the Field: Prop 36 and Families Affected by the Three Strikes Law

The "Three Strikes" law, enacted nearly 20 years ago, may seem like a policy decision that's now business-as-usual in the justice system, but it's actually very personal for tens of thousands of families throughout the state. Correspondent Jennifer London, our team and I are working on a post-election review of how the Three Strikes law plays out in the justice system, and within families it affects.

Prop 36 is on the ballot Tuesday to amend the "Three Strikes" law. Whether or not the ballot measure passes, the debate over Three Strikes will continue -- especially for the families on both sides of the debate who have made it the center of years-long crusades.

Kimber Reynolds | Photo courtesy of Dina Demetrius
The issue is highly emotional, and we spent Sunday with two families who have experienced profound heartbreak around this issue: Michael Reynolds, whose sister Kimber's murder was the catalyst for the law.

Margaret Ibarra | Photo courtesy of Jennifer London
We also spoke to Margaret Ibarra, whose son is serving the required 25-to-life for a domestic assault as his third strike. His first two were drug charges years earlier. It's a story we're looking forward to telling because the law's effects are both deeply personal and far-reaching.


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