Number Of Inmates Serving Life Terms Hits Record High

08/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mary Thompson, an inmate at the California Institution for Women here, was convicted of two felonies for a robbery spree in which she threatened victims with a knife. Her third felony under California's three-strikes law was the theft of three tracksuits to pay for her crack cocaine habit in 1982.

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