About

Our mission is to support, educate, and empower those who are striving for proportionality in sentencing and fairness and justice in the criminal justice system.

Our mission is to support, educate, and empower those who are striving for proportionality in sentencing and fairness and justice in the criminal justice system by building a movement based in the communities and families most affected by California’s Three Strikes law.We advocate for the following changes in the law:

§Make Three Strikes applicable only to violent felonies.

§Count as strikes only crimes committed after the law’s passage in

1994.

§Treat multiple counts committed during a single act as only one strike.

§Secure a “wash-out” period whereby convictions older than ten years don’t

count as strikes.

§Exclude burglary of unoccupied dwellings from the list of strikeable offenses.

§Exclude juvenile offenses from Three Strikes provisions.

From its origins in small support groups of local family members, which coalesced in 1997 to form a larger network, FACTS has grown into the foremost organization in the state fighting to change the broadest and harshest Three Strikes law in the nation. Since 1997, we have trained and developed FACTS chapter leaders, family members, and staff into a competent organization of community leaders, media-savvy activists, and local experts on the abuses of California’s Three Strikes law. FACTS now has 14 chapters and area representatives in three additional locales around the state, a database that includes 10,000 family members and friends, as well as over 5,000 Striker prisoners, and a strong network of organizational allies and individual experts with whom we work.

FACTS’ role as the hub of family efforts to reform the law has been recognized by media outlets around the world, and our footprint in the media world far outstrips our size in terms of resources. In the States, we have had our issue covered on 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, USA Today, the Washington Post and probably every media outlet in the state of California.We have been contacted and filmed by media outlets from Sweden, Bulgaria, the UK, France, Canada and Denmark.In the last year, Reader’s Digest, which reaches over 10 million subscribers and 40 million readers, worked with us to feature the stories of Three Strikes, and the Montel Williams Show, after years of advocacy from FACTS and its members, involved us closely in an episode focusing on Three Strikes, and aired it first November 2006, reaching an audience of 1.87 million people.It has repeated three times and they are working on an update featuring Inside FACTS leader, Kelly Turner

From the beginning, we recognized that we couldn’t reform Three Strikes alone, and so we’ve worked hard to build bridges to key community allies to make Three Strikes reform part of a more broadly shared agenda.

Through utilizing the strategies of family activism, earned media, and coalition building in faith communities and other community networks, FACTS has helped bring about a truly significant shift in the public’s understanding of Three Strikes. In 1994, the electorate passed Three Strikes by a daunting 44 point margin (72% to 28%). Polls show that, despite the narrow loss of Prop. 66 in 2004, a majority of Californians (more than 65% in some polls) now support changing the law.

FACTS Education Fund is our new 501(c)3 organization, and it supports educational work on Three Strikes reform; FACTS Education Fund is the organizational sibling of Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS), which is a 501(c)4 only and will handle directly political work.

1. Make Three Strikes applicable only to violent felonies.

2. Count as strikes only crimes committed after the law’s passage in

3. Treat multiple counts committed during a single act as only one strike.

4. Exclude juvenile offenses from Three Strikes provisions.

5. Secure a “wash-out” period whereby convictions older than ten years don’t