Three Strikes: Harsher Sentencing of Repeat Felony Offender

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Between 1993 and 1995, twenty four states enacted three strikes sentencing policy which calls for much harsher sentencing of repeat felony offender. Most sentences for these repeat offender called for a minimum punishment of a life sentence with possibility of release until twenty five years have been served (1 Marvell, Moody 89). These laws where created to target and punish what lawmakers believed to be the small percentage of criminals that where committing the majority of serious crimes such as murder, rape, kidnaping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and sexual abuse. The logical reasoning by law makers was that the threat of longer prison term would serve to deter repeat offenders, and would incapacitate the most dangerous…show more content…
California which has arguably been a major proponent for the wide spread use of three strikes sentencing, has recently begun to reconsiders its use. As the law is written in California any person convicted of a third felony offense will receive twenty five years to life in prison, even if the third felony is for a non-serious non-violent crime. In 2012 69 percent of Californians voted to reform the three strikes policy, now only those who are convicted of a third felony offense for serious or violent crime will be subject to the twenty five to life prison sentence. This new law also allows those that are currently in prison due to a previous third strike conviction that was of a non-serious or violent nature to petition the court for resentencing, which could mean that they are released from prison since most of these inmates have already served nineteen years of their prison sentence (2 Laird 1) Numerous amounts of research has been conducted on the effectiveness of the three strikes sentencing policy, one of the more thorough ones to come along examined three strikes policy throughout the United States and came an interesting conclusion about the effectiveness of three strikes sentencing laws. The study found three strikes law to be ineffective in reducing crime in a variety of areas. The study found that rarely are they concerned with being caught for their crime, this was further attributed by the fact that a great deal
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