3 Strikes Law

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Three Strikes Law Abstract The Three Strikes Law came into effect in 1993 and is currently the law in 24 states within the United States. (Jacklin, 2010). Violent and serious felonies are dependent on each individual state and are listed in the state law (LaCourse, 1997). These offenses, in many states, include murder, robbery of a residence where a weapon was seen, rape and other sexual offenses. Serious offenses include all of the same offenses defined as violent offenses, and also include other crimes such as burglary of a residence and assault with intent to commit a robbery or rape (Prosecutors’ perspective on California’s three strikes law, 2004). In this paper, I will analyze and discuss the issues involved with “three-strikes” or habitual offender legislation. I will also discuss if the legislation should strengthened, cancelled, or modified in my state. For instance, since the placement of the Three Strikes Law in 1993, there has been a trickle effect on the criminal justice system due to the ineffectiveness of the Three Strikes Law. There has been a negative impact on public safety, county jails and state prisons, judge & juror as well as the cost that will be seen by tax payers now and in the future. The Three Strikes Law The habitual offender legislation or better known as, The Three Strikes Law has brought about many different theories. Theories have ranged from a person’s physical attributes to the person’s social interactions as the causation of crime. Policies have ranged from harsh punishments, long incarcerations, incapacitation, rehabilitation, and probation in attempts to stifle the increase of criminal behavior. Recently, conservative theorists have rallied toward “get tough” laws because the consensus is that “criminals are beyond reform and must be incapacitated behind thick walls” (Lilly, et. al, 2011). This law was
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