The Three Strikes Law

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The Three-Strikes Law has three different components. Just like marriage, driving, and educational laws the Three-Strikes law has its own version in every state. Unfortunately California’s Three-Strikes law is causing the most controversy. The three parts in California’s law are the defendant’s record of prior convictions, the current charge and the minimum punishment the defendant is facing. A man or woman has to be convicted of two felonies and charged with another one before the Three-Strikes law can come into play. Dictionary.com defines a felony as “an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, especially those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year” (Brauchli).
The first strike that someone has on their record has to be from a serious or violent crime. Some of the controversy derives from what the law considers a serious offense. The second strike happens when there was a prior conviction that was a violent or serious crime. When a suspect is facing his or her second strike the required time is doubled. For example, if the court gave someone seven years for a felony, they would receive fourteen years. When a person receives their third strike on their record with any felony conviction their time jumps up to twenty-five to life. The offender can not receive parole until eighty percent or twenty years of their time is served (Brauchli).
A considerable amount of people have received a twenty-five to
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