Report: Ethics and Three Strikes Law

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Introduction to Issue - Over the past few decades there has been an increased amount of public and media attention directed to repeat criminal offenders. In the 1980s, crime rates increased and scholars found that a number of these criminal activities were committed by repeat offenders. In response to this information, many states began to enact the so-called Three Strikes, You're Out Law. The proponents of this legislation, including several victims' rights organizations, believe that habitual criminals do not have the desire or capacity to reform. The law mandates that State Courts impose life sentences to individuals convicted of three or more criminal offenses typically at the felony level. Now, habitual offenders in 24 States will face some form of the Three Strikes Law (Zimring,, 2001). Since these laws have become more popular, there have been at least two separate Supreme Court decisions upholding their validity and indicating that these laws do not, in fact, constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." Ethics and Three Strikes - Ethically, one of the standards of American Justice is the equalization of punishment meeting the crime. For instance, if someone commits armed robbery and kills someone in Florida, the punishment should be similar to that of someone committing the same crime in California. If, however, different States characterize certain crimes differently, the scenario is entirely possible that someone could be sentenced to life imprisonment in
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