California Prision Poll

Jaffa King

California Prision Poll

CREATED Jul. 21, 2011

   LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new poll shows tight-fisted Californians don't want to spend more for prisons to ease overcrowding.
   The Los Angeles Times-University of Southern California Dornsife College poll released Thursday shows a shift in attitudes about tough sentencing rules.
   The state is working to comply with court-ordered cuts to the prison population.
   More than 60 percent of those polled say they support reducing life sentences for third strike offenders convicted of property crimes.
   Nearly 70 percent say they favor early release of some low-level offenders whose crimes did not involve violence.
   And about 80 percent say they approve keeping nonviolent offenders in county jails rather that state prisons.
   The survey of 1,507 registered California voters from July 6 to July 17 has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.52 percentage points.

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