Impact Of The Three Strike Laws On The State Of California

1679 WordsSep 20, 20167 Pages
The effectiveness of the three strike laws has been a major concern among researchers; it has sparked the attention of several indidviduals from the first piece of legislation passed in the United States. This paper considers the impact of three strikes law in the state of California; a states which have implemented this form of mandatory sentencing and known to have the strictest regulations regarding this law. It will addresses the effects of the law on the crime rate and prison populations. Also, it would explain why this legislative is in need of revision, regarding the choices of punishable offenses. Introduction During the early 1990s, states began to enact mandatory sentencing laws for repeat criminal offenders; the statute became known as “three strikes law”. Three strikes law is state law that delivers a much harsher punishment for criminal offenders who commit their third felony offense. The three-strike legislation was designed to protect society from dangerous individuals who show a pattern of lawlessness by keeping them behind bars and off the street with the hopes to deter others from committing similar criminal offenses (Peak, 2010, p. 312). Currently they’re 28 states including the federal government that have implemented the three-strike law. The first state to enact the three-strike law was Washington in 1993, California then followed in 1994. California three strikes law mandates a sentence of 25 years to life for a third felony
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