San Francisco D.A. Refuses To Charge Drug Offenses Under The Three Strikes Law

The city’s new top prosecutor will not charge nonviolent crimes, such as drug offenses, under the state’s tough three strikes law.

A drug violation is “not something someone should be going to prison for 25 years for,” says District Attorney Terence Hallinan. The Associated Press reports that drugs are involved in 63 percent of the three strikes cases in San Francisco. Hallinan’s office is currently working out the details of his more lenient policy.

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