Three Strikes Law

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Name: Institution: Course: Tutor: Date of submission: 3 Strikes Law Three Strikes Laws are acts that are passed by state governments in the U.S. It gives mandates to state courts to give life sentences to persons convicted of three or more severe criminal offenses. These acts became popular in the 1990s. Its intent is to ensure that there are longer prison sentences and bigger punishment for those committing felonies and those formerly convicted of severe offenses. It is aimed at the criminals who are not deterred by imprisonment and those who are not open to rehabilitation efforts. It carries two main sentencing mandates intended to carry out two things: a two strikes provision and a three strikes provision (Franklin, 178). The two strikes provision, which comprises the second strikers, doubles the sentences for those convicted of any current crime if they already have one before conviction for a serious felony. The three strikes provision carries a life sentence and has a minimum of at least twenty five years in a state prison. If a person has two or more previous convictions for serious crimes, the three strikes provision applies for them. The defendants here are referred to as third strikers, and they fall in the category of ‘25 years to life’ in prison. The previous crime must be serious to qualify as a strike in both of the provisions (Domanick, 279). Most criminals in these provisions are not entitled to probation, and they should serve a prison term. To sentence a defendant under the two and three strikes provision, he or she must be convicted of a felony offense. The crimes that qualify as strikes are such as rape, murder, robbery, crimes ending in great body injuries, burglary at residential homes, kidnap and forceful sex crimes. Opinions for Three-Strikes Law A person who is convicted of the current offense and has suffered one or more

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