Can Racial Profiling Be Justified

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Can Racial Profiling in Law Enforcement Be Justified

Cornelius Morgan

CRJ 125: Criminology (W04)

November 15, 2015 Abstract:

In 1994 Polly Klaas was kidnapped from a slumber party at her home in California and later murdered by Richard Allen Davis who already had 2 prior convictions for kidnapping on his record. The public was outraged that a repeat offender was able to attack again. Politicians catered to this outrage and sold the public on a bill that would repeat offenders off the streets for good with the three strikes and you’re out legislation.
As the name suggests, a criminal would have to have been convicted 2 times previously to be charged with the three strikes law. It also insinuated that these repeat offenders would be “violent” offenders as well. However, that was not always the case.
This paper looks at some of the problems with the three strikes legislation and how it affects different parties such as nonviolent offenders, the department of corrections system, the court system, and the public in general.

The “three strikes and you’re out” law is in effect in different states around the country. In basic terms, the law requires that any offender that is convicted of three violent crimes must receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The law is aimed at reducing crime by focusing on the small percentage of criminals that commit the majority of violent crimes and felonies. Many systems have been lenient with repeat

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