Three Strikes revised Annqunette Williams March 18, 2013 I do support the proposed amendment to our Three Strikes Law, arguing that it will help protect the public from the small, hard core population of career criminals. I also think that it should be expanded the law has been the same for decades and, it hurt the people who are trying to change their life around but get caught in a bad situation. Proposition 184, the three strikes law, was imposed to sentence repeat criminals with harsher
The law applies to 3 convictions, not 3 crimes (i.e. criminals may get away with several incidents). The law destroys the flexibility of the courts and the judge. It is unjust in certain conditions (victimless crimes, young criminals, etc.). Criminals often plea bargain their first two convictions.
" This is a dangerous aspect of the three strikes law, reducing the courts power to consider individual circumstances could lead to unnecessarily long prison sentences for some but on the other hand will ensure hardened criminals don’t get off easy. Overall Shicor concludes that the three strikes law results in inefficient and unpredictable outcomes but I believe those results have more to do with the current construction of our legal
The American prison system is referred to be a means of punishment that serves no encouraging purpose and placing the economy further into financial suffering. Many others trust that the prison system is warranted as it guarantees society protection from those who create a serious threat to those who abide by the laws that govern. No matter what one may believe, our prison systems population is continuing to produce at such a high rate many professionals have debated on what future steps need to be taking in order to improve such a problem. An in-depth discussion regarding the concerns legislation has with doubling the prison sentence for those who commit armed robbery, the rapid population growth the correctional facilities throughout the United States are encountering, the negative effects caused by long-term incarceration, alternative means for punishments, such as the use of intermediate sanctions and community-based corrections, my personal recommendations, and reasoning for the recommendations. Several methods exist in contemporary American that can be used in the criminal justice system, and can be agreed upon for punishing an individual.
This is the type of abuse that is spattered all over media outlets. These types of instances infuriate taxpayers since this is where they see their hard earned money going to, funding not the less fortunate, but financing the unemployed leeches of American society. Various states have decided to pass laws that require welfare recipients to be administered drug tests before receiving benefits. This has, however, created a backlash from some of those receiving these benefits because they feel that the drug test infringes on their constitutional rights. This is another reason for the American taxpayer to look down on upon welfare recipients.
Recently in Arizona, “if anyone looks suspicious to being a forbidden alien, cops can pull them over” (O’Leary, Time Magazine). If they do not hold a valid driver’s license or even identity papers, they will immediately be arrested. Also, “illegal immigrants have a high chance to participate in gangs” (Western Voices World News). Illegal gangs are responsible for eighty percent of all the violent crimes in our country, so with them contributing to the groups, they have an effect on the crime rates. In addition, “most criminals believe that illegal aliens are afraid to call the cops, so they are the victims” (Griffin, CQ Researcher).
Gaol plays a significant role in achieving justice for society and victims as it incapacitates the offender so they cannot reoffend, provides a serious punishment for serious offences and keeps dangerous criminals off the streets. However as seen in the study by the Bureau of Crime Statistics Research, outlined in the media article “Prison is an Expensive Way of Encouraging Crime Study Finds” (SMH 22.09.10) gaol is a very expensive form of crime control and may turn prisoners into worse offenders while charging society approximately $260 per day, per prisoner. Gaol also leaves the offender unemployed, with no money to survive when released and it may lead to difficulties finding a job with a criminal record. Therefore it can be seen that gaol plays a varying level of extent in achieving justice for the victim and society and for most offenders it plays a low extent in achieving justice. Another penalty applied during the sentencing process is an Intensive
As it is felt that expanding and clarifying the Three Strikes Law is the best option within one debate is the three strikes law “destroys the flexibility of the courts and the judge. Each criminal offender is different. Each set of crimes is different. The specific reason we have judges, juries, and lawyers is that each situation deserves a fair analysis and punishment. A one-size-fits-all system of judgment destroys the flexibility.” (Messerli, 2012) But it is felt within establishing the clarification and limitations of these laws being applied that of only serious, and for violent crimes limits the possible miss application of these guidelines into crimes that would be seen as unjust for the crime
Looking for new ways to save money in the midst of persistent societal needs like privatization of intuitions. This also has prompting many state and federal bureaucrats to reconsider how they punish their criminals. Forcing them to look for creative ways to trim down the heavy burden that stringent sentencing laws and an excess increase in incarceration that has lead to increased taxes on taxpayers. Unfortunately, officials like to tout that crime rate falls because tough sentences are given; even when demography or other factors may point to another reason, they feel the tough sentences are demanded by the local citizens to solve the problem. Prison is an excellent way to keep dangerous criminals off the streets, but the more people you lock up, the less dangerous each extra prisoner is likely to be.
When a nation begins to incarcerate that many of its citizens people begin to question what exactly is causing this trend? Mandatory minimum sentencing laws, truth in sentencing laws and three strikes laws all have a large contribution to the amount of incarcerated Americans. Not only is there a problem with the amount of people incarcerated, there is also a problem with people serving long sentences for petty drug crime. There are even non-profit organizations that oppose such laws and help individuals who have been victims of them. One