Essay about Three Strikes Law

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The Three Strikes Law
September 24, 2013
CJ526: Unit 2

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Three Strikes Law

The Three Strikes Law has been a subject of much debate since its introduction as a regulation in 1993. The Three Strikes law was enacted in 1994 and is widely recognized as the harshest sentencing law in the United States. “The State of Texas was the first State to enact such a law in 1974.” ( California passed its own law enacting a Three Strikes Law that mandates a sentence of 25 years to life for a third felony conviction. The reality of the Three Strikes Law will lead to a significant increase in the nation's
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This law is much stricter than prior laws. At first a person convicted of two serious felonies, such as burglary of a residence and robbery, who then committed a third serious felony, such as another robbery, would only have been sentenced to seven years. The Three Strikes Law has overcrowded the prison system beyond capacity. The overcrowding has gotten to the point where courts are considering ordering the prisons to release some of the prisoners with many of these inmates not having received any rehabilitation or vocational training to prepare them for the outside world. Today, it costs about $20,000 per year to confine a young person that is physically fit, but three Strikes laws would create a huge, geriatric prison population that would be far more expensive to care for. The estimated cost of maintaining an older prisoner is three times that required for a younger prisoner. It would cost about $60,000 per year for an older prisoner. The cost might be worth it if older prisoners represented a danger to society. But experts tell us that age is the most powerful crime reducer. Most crimes are committed by men between the ages of 15 and 24.

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