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Research Question No. 1 - Did Three Strikes You're Out contribute to the problem of mass incarceration and overcrowded jails and prisons? The slogan ?Three Strikes You're Out? was for a toughening stand on crime endorsed by the federal government in the '1980's. Historically speaking, this rhetoric stood as the ideology behind the War on Drugs as a logical and necessary response to a rise in drug crime and the emergence of crack cocaine in inner city communities (Alexander, 2011). The problem to be identified for the purposes of this report was the lack of an actual rise on crime. Nonetheless, the results were an increase in drug convictions. Those
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Introduced into New York Law in the '70's, the Rockefeller laws basically served to increase the amount of individuals incarcerated for possession of so-called ?narcotic? drugs. The sponsor of the law was New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, who had a political agenda behind the legislation. According to research, he signed the legislation into law on May 8, 1973 because he wanted to appear tough on crime as he prepared for a Presidential bid, amid fears he was being seen as too liberal…show more content…
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Nunn, K (2002). Race, Crime and the Pool of Surplus Criminality: or Why the War on Drugs was a War on Blacks. The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice,
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