March 8, 2011

Commentary: The faces of 'three strikes' law

Roney Nunez positioned and repositioned his wheelchair just so, reached down with his right hand and began scratching at the linoleum floor, focusing intensely on the task. Oblivious to the world outside, Nunez didn't gaze up at the half-dozen people gathered on the other side of the steel and hardened glass door to his cell, 4½ feet by 11 feet. Nunez, 85, arrived at the California Medical Facility in 1996, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison under this state's "three-strikes" law. He is a sex offender but the crime for which he was sentenced to life behind bars was petty theft

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