The Negative Impact of California's Three Strikes Law Essay

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"Three Strikes and You're Out!” you think you would be hearing that phrase at a baseball game when a player has struck out but the phrase has been used as a metaphor for the three strikes law in California. It is a law that sentences repeated offenders, of serious or violent crimes, to twenty-five to life in prison. Although it seems desirable to put repeated offenders in prison, they are convicted even for petty crimes. It sentences an offender, whose first strike was a serious or violent crime, to serve a double sentence if the second crime is also serious or violent. The most controversial part of this law is that the third crime can be any crime, even misdemeanors, can “strike” out repeated offender because of their past felonies even …show more content…
66 (Bailey 1). Chauncey Bailey reported that these issues have not been solved and that out of the 42,000 inmates imprisoned under California's three-strike law, 45 percent are Black, 26 percent are Latino and 25 percent are White (Bailey 1).
Elsa Chan also examined the racial and ethnic disparities that exist within the California three strikes law. She examined the differences and inequalities that Latinos and mostly African Americans face when are being sentenced under this law. The racial and ethnic disparities are not hard to miss when looking at the demographics that she discovered due to her analyses. African Americans only represent six percent of California’s population yet the makeup thirty-five percent of second strikers and forty-five percent of third strikers (Chen 85). Latinos on the other hand represent the highest percent of second strikers at making up about thirty-six percent of second strikers and making up thirty-six percent of California’s population (Chen 86). Whites on the other hand are forty-eight percent of California’s population, and makeup twenty-six percent of second strikers and twenty-five percent third strikers (Chen 86). The three strikes law negatively affects the outcomes for both Black and Latinos. It seems that they might be facing some discrimination when given a sentence.
The impact of the three strikes law has affected certain demographics most notable are minorities. Under this law there is

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