The Three-Strike Law: The Purpose of Sentencing

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The law and the Constitution, when thinking in general terms, exist mainly to protect and serve the average, law-abiding citizen. They also exist to ensure the protection of the basic rights of law-abiding individuals. On the other hand, they also exist to protect the rights of those who have been arrested under suspicion of criminal activities. The law and Constitution, for these individuals, ensure that a certain process occurs to ensure guilt or innocence, and that no individual who has been proven innocent is unnecessarily or unfairly punished for unproven criminal activity. To ensure that this dual purpose is duly met, the law includes elements like the three strikes law in order to ensure the safety of law-abiding citizens and also to ensure that criminals understand the seriousness of their actions before committing them. According to the Portland State University (2012), the three strikes law means that a person convicted of three or more serious crimes can receive a life sentence, usually with the possibility of parole. The purpose of this law is to increase the prison sentence for those who repeat serious offenses. In addition, it is assumed that this law would deter criminals from committing further felonies once they have been convicted once or twice. In the United States, this law has been adopted in 1995 under the assumption that its adoption would help in the fight against violent crime and serious drug offenses. Currently, however, the law is
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