The Jones-Costa Bill: Three Strikes

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It is difficult to imagine a time in history when criminals were able to commit severe crimes and go unpunished or be punished by the law in a lenient manner. How is that someone could unjustly put an end to someone else’s life and be sentenced to prison for seven years, maybe ten. That term sounds like a lengthy time but in my view a person who inflicts harm on another individual should be punished in a more severely way. The wonderful thing about the legal system in this country is that it can change whether it is repealed, amended, or a new law or sets of laws are created. The fact that the ability to propose a law is not solemnly reserved to the government makes our legal system quite remarkable. We have the ability to create a change …show more content…
With a three strikes law already being in place which had been signed early in the same year, this proposition would amend this law. The change that Reynolds and his supporters were seeking was that, “Unlike other states’ versions of Three Strikes, California’s version does not require the Third Strike to be violent or serious to qualify for a life sentence.” (Miles, Macallair, par. 2) For example, someone has two-felons and gets caught for stealing a soda from a convenience store, then they are eligible to be sentenced under the Three Strikes rule by either being sentenced to life imprisonment or receiving an enhancement sentencing. Proposition 184 called for quite a drastic third strike sentencing on prior two-strike felons. The results of the ballot stated that about seventy percent of California voters approved the proposition and about thirty percent opposed it.
California became the second state in the country to pass a “Three strikes law” with Washington being the first state. Washington’s Initiative 593 “Three Strikes and You’re Out law” states, “Anyone convicted of a third serious felony shall be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. No furloughs. No parole. No more excuses. The only way out of prison

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