Can a Three Strikes Defendant Get Parole?

Possibly.  In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 57, which amended the California Constitution. Under Prop 57, every person who has been convicted of a nonviolent felony is eligible for parole, provided that they have served their primary sentence, which is the maximum sentence for a particular offense.

On this basis, a person who has received an enhanced sentence under California’s Three Strikes law may be eligible for parole. Only defendants who have been convicted of nonviolent offenses and who have completed the usual maximum sentence for their third strike can apply to be paroled.


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