Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Answer Is: David Onek's Policy On Three Strikes

The Question:  What is another reason why David Onek would be a far better District Attorney than current D.A. George Gascon.

Lucinda Moyers, the woman charged with burglarizing Jeopardy host Alex Trebek's hotel room has two non-violent burglary convictions, dating back to 1990 and 1991. She claims she suffers from a heroin addiction. D.A. Gascon is charging Moyers under California's Three Strikes Law which, if she is convicted, would result in a 25-to-life sentence.

This is what David Onek, who is running against Gascon for District Attorney of San Francisco, had to say:
Moyers, if found guilty, certainly needs to be punished for her actions,  but a punishment of 25 years to life is completely disproportionate for someone who has never been convicted of a violent crime. Moyers is 56 years old. Does it make any fiscal sense to keep her locked up into her seventies and eighties at an average cost of $47,000 per year – and likely more as she has greater health care needs as she ages?
As District Attorney, I would have a clear policy against charging third strikes for non-violent crimes. Based on the information we know about this case, I would absolutely not have charged Moyers under Three Strikes.
There has been a lot of rhetoric about Three Strikes in this campaign, and claims that all the candidates have the same views about it. This case is evidence that we most certainly do not.
Click here to read Onek's article on the need for Three Strikes reform.  Click here and here to read about why I support his candidacy.  And click here to join and/or contribute to his campaign.


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