Are you nuts? Crime has gone down significantly in my state. What cost can you place on saving a life or injury due to the criminal not being able to commit those aggressive and deadly offenses? Get your "Hugs not prison" attitude attitude.
The overall crime rate in California, as measured by the Department of Justice’s California Crime Index, began declining before the passage of the Three Strikes law. In fact, the overall crime rate declined by 10 percent between 1991 and 1994. The crime rate continued to decline after Three Strikes, falling by 43 percent statewide between 1994 and 1999, though it has risen by about 11 percent since 1999. Similarly, the violent crime rate declined by 8 percent between 1991 and 1994 and then fell an additional 43 percent between 1994 and 2003.
While the national average has also gone down, many states have adopted the same as California. Let me know when keeping career criminals locked away forever not reducing crime? Are they inside prison with a multi level marketing scheme recruiting 3 clean citizens to now do 3 times the amount the prisoner was doing? Get real.