It was a non-violent crime. The state of CA paid over 600,000$ to punish a $146 crime or $4110 for every $1 she forged. The California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation reports 11,755 inmates convicted for non-violent crime 2nd & 3rd strike crimes. At that rate if every convict stole at least $1 that factor out to $48,313,050! That's insane. California spends $9.3 billion dollars on corrections and rehabilitation.
The story of a nearly 13 year prison sentence for a $146 forgery