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Panel provides clarity on 3-strikes resentencings

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A California appeals court panel decision provides some clarity on resentencing rules for three-strikes inmates serving life for armed offenses.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1gqmk0A ) three judges in the 4th appellate district ruled Tuesday that three-strikers serving life for firearms possession cannot ask for shorter prison terms under Proposition 36, the 2012 initiative that softened the state's tough sentencing law.

California judges have been handing down conflicting decisions on whether offenders given life terms for gun possession can qualify for shorter sentences.

Proposition 36 allowed most inmates serving life terms for relatively minor third strikes to ask courts for shorter terms.

Lawyers representing inmates with gun-possession third strikes argued that courts should reduce terms for those who do not pose an unreasonable risk of danger to public safety.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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