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According to Ballotpedia, 8,800 inmates in California’s prison system were serving a sentence under the harsh “three-strikes” law as of June 2011. Despite legal challenges, the three-strikes law has remained intact up until this point, marking the significance of the passage of Prop. 36.
While states throughout the nation passed reforms and enacted new laws on Tuesday, the people of Puerto Rico voted on whether they would like to seek statehood. The island passed a two-part referendum, with 54 percent of the island affirming they would like to become the 51st state.
Last night, the number of independents in the Senate doubled. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont both won their seats in landslide victories.