Three Strikes And Youre Out Law Essay

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Three Strikes You're Out Law


We have all heard of the newest anti-crime law, the "Three strikes
and you’re out" law. It wasn’t easy getting this law from the bill stage
in Sacramento to the law stage, because it is not a criminal friendly
law. Meaning that this law’s purpose is to bring pain, suffering, and
intimidation to criminals. Our state government was basically ran by
the Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, now mayor of San Francisco.
Brown had the power to choose who sat on what committee in the
house, and using this he could terminate any bill he did not agree
with. And with this attitude it took a lot of patients and perseverance
by the people trying to pass this bill. But how did the bill become a
bill? I will answer
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The men did some research and drew up some ideas. Their final
legislative proposal was as follows:
Double the sentence for a conviction of any felony if there is a previous
serious or violent felony conviction.
Triple the sentence or twenty-five years to life, whichever is greater, for
any combination of two prior violent or serious felony convictions
coupled with any new felony.
Probation, a suspended sentence, or a commitment to a diversion
program as a substitute for serving time in prison is prohibited for felons
with at least one prior conviction of a serious or violent felony.
Any felon with at least one prior serious or violent felony conviction
must serve any subsequent felony sentence in a state prison (as opposed to
a county jail).
Terms are to be served consecutively, rather than concurrently.
Maximum allowable time off for good behavior is reduced to 20 percent.
Juvenile convictions for serious of violent felonies count as prior
convictions if the felony was committed when the juvenile was sixteen or
seventeen years old.
When a defendant has at least one prior conviction for a serious or
violent felony, the district attorney is required to plead and prove all
known prior felony convictions. Prior felony convictions cannot be used
as part of a plea-bargain.

Now that Mike had the proposal he had Bill Jones submit it to the state…