More than 7,000 people in California have been sentenced to life imprisonment and have accordingly sent to prison under the three-strikes law. In 350 of those cases, the third crime committed by the defendant was a minor offense, including the case of Leandro Andrade who was caught shoplifting children’s videos twice within two weeks at K-Mart stores in Southern California in 1995. The tapes Andrade stole were worth approximately $1.60. Such petty thefts (under $400) are ordinarily misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail. But Andrade had a record of burglaries and marijuana possession from years before. As a result of California's tough three-strikes law, Andrade’s new petty thefts were treated as felonies. Upon his conviction, the judge sentenced him to 50 years to life in prison. (Three Strikes And You're Out)
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