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State of California June 8, 2010 Election
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Fix Our Sentencing and Prison System

By Mike Schmier

Candidate for Attorney General; Democratic Party

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Reform "3 strikes', the death penalty and pass the ballot initiative to legalize cannabis.
I will work to reduce the high cost of our sentencing and prison system. Rehabilitation and job training must be improved so that released prisoners do not return to prison. Minor drug offenders should not be in prison; passing the ballot initiative to legalize cannabis, which I support, would help reduce our prison population and costs significantly. The death penalty should be eliminated. Spending $55,000 per prisoner annually (much more than the costs of attending our most expensive colleges) to imprison drug addicts and "three strikes" offenders makes no sense. The annual cost of death penalty cases in California is reported to be more than 10 times greater than life sentences without parole; that makes no sense.

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