3 Strikes Law Case Study

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The three strikes law was intended for incorrigible offenders convicted of more than two felonies who must be imprisoned as a matter of safety. In fact, the first case of three strikes law in California occurred in 1996, when Richard Allen Davis was sentenced to death after he had kidnapped, molested, and murdered Polly Hanna Klaas. Since then, the partisan of the three strikes law identified it as a powerful tool to reduce criminality and threaten offenders out of the state of California. However, the interpretation of this law lead more than likely to disproportionate sentences especially when it comes to non-violent crimes. In 2003, Leandro Andrade was convicted of two shoplifting that consisted of 9 infants DVDs with overall value of $153.54 that…show more content…
He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and had a prior conviction for burglary and robbery for which he has already served time in prison. Gregory Taylor, was a homeless man who used to hang around outside St Joseph's church in Los Angeles and would often ask the priest for food. The priest was usually able to find him something over the nine or so years he knew him. Shortly after 4am one morning in 1997, Taylor decided he could not wait for the friendly priest and pried open the church's kitchen door. A security guard spotted him and the police were called. He is now serving 25 years to life because the break-in was his third felony. His first and second felonies involve shoplifting. Ricky Fontenot was sentenced to 27 years to life for being in a car with a friend in which a gun was found. His last previous felony was in 1979 when he was 18; he was convicted of possession of illicit substances and burglary. Since, He became involved in community action, had a full-time job and was married with three
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