A California judge ordered the release of a man who was serving a 25 years to life sentence for trying to break into a soup kitchen. The man received the sentence under the three-strikes law.
In the 1980s, Gregory Taylor committed two robberies to support his drug habits. In 1997, he was homeless and hungry, and tried to open the doors of a soup kitchen to get food. Under the three-strikes law, he was sentenced for 25 years to life for the attempted break-in.
The judge who ordered the release noted that the three-strikes law can result in "disproportionate" sentences.
Judge Orders Man Freed in a Three-Strikes Case | The New York Times