SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will reconsider life sentences for up to 4,000 nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago.
That's according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration won't appeal a court ruling that the state is illegally excluding the nonviolent career criminals from parole under a 2016 ballot measure aimed at reducing the prison population and encouraging rehabilitation.
Defense attorneys say third-strikers are disproportionately black and mentally ill.
It's the second such loss for Brown, who leaves office in January. Another judge previously ruled that California must consider earlier parole for potentially thousands of sex offenders. The administration is fighting that ruling.
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