For me, Andrade's 50-year longer-than-life sentence qualifies as an outrage. Add all his crimes up, and one 25-year term would suffice. As Justice David Souter wrote, "If Andrade's sentence is not grossly disproportionate, the principle has no meaning."
Now for my confession: Unlike 72 percent of California voters, I voted against three strikes. I would have voted yes if the third felony had to be violent or serious.
Now I'm glad the law passed. California is safer for it.
And I see that many of the small-time criminals aren't petty at all.