Three-Strikes Law Three-Strikes Law In 1994, a very controversial, “Three Strikes” law was first passed in the state of California. The law forces state courts to impose of life sentence upon anyone who has been convict3d of two or more criminal offenses. This law is immoral, unjust, faulty, and should not be allowed anywhere in the United States of America. The law is immoral because it is putting people who have committed small crimes in prision for double life sentences when the situation could be easily resolved with community service or even a few life years in jail. For example, there was a “man [who was] sentenced to prison for 25 years to life under the law for stealing a bottle of vitamins” (Murphy).
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 time spent waiting in jail can be counted by months, years or even decade, especially in the USA where an average prisoner stays on death row for 15 years. It is a great suffering to watch the days passing by, wondering when they will end. Is it right to couple this sufferings with more physical pain? If the complications from the medical testing are dire, the helpless people have no way to escape from this torture. No therapy will be provided to alleviate their condition.
Two hundred and fifty thousand juveniles are tried and sentenced for their crimes as adults every year in the United States. It would seem that courtrooms are taking these juvenile cases with the significance they deserve but with only half of the average yearly rate of juvenile arrests being tried in an adult courtroom, questions about how seriously public safety has come into consideration in the United States. Juveniles who commit violent crimes should always be tried as adults in the courtroom. These numbers have had an extensive impact in the United State’s juvenile judicial system. Semple and Woody (2011) stated that with a rise of violent crimes committed by juveniles, 49 out of the 50 states transferred their juvenile offenders
An interesting study from the FBI uniformed crime reports from 2006 to 2010 shows 54% of rapes/sexual assaults go unreported. 3% of those reported actually serve time in jail. In the same study done by the FBI, out of every 100 rapes, 46 get reported, 12 lead to arrests, 9 get prosecuted, 5 lead to felony convictions, and 3 will spend even a day in jail. (1) Surgical castration is any action, surgical, chemical, or otherwise by which a male loses the functions of the testicles or a female loses the functions of the ovaries. Chemical castration is the administration of medication designed to reduce the libido and sexual activity.
There should be no question that putting someone to death should be less expensive than keeping someone incarcerated for the rest of their life, but in the United States there is a debate because of all the legal procedures that place before an execution can occur. The average time people spend on death row over the last couple decades is 8 years. Maximum security cell costs about $75,000 per year- the cells which house life without parole and death penalty inmates, but the additional cost for a DP inmate on death row is $90,000 per year. (Deathpenaltyinfo.org, 2012) This simple calculation clearly shows that keeping criminals on death row for prolonged periods of time cost more.I would propose changes in the procedures for executing the sentences. People who have been convicted and sentenced to death will have 365 days to complete all appeals and other legal procedures, but after 365 days and they have not been reclassified to LWOP then they will be
They don’t want to become known as the “snitch”. In recent studies, it has been found out that in the United States prisons alone, an estimated 364,000 males and female inmates were sexually assaulted in one year. Any young inmates that are physically small or weak, have a mental illness, are known as the “snitches”, are not in a gang, or convicted of any sexual crimes are at a higher risk of being the victim of sexual assault. Inmate suicide has been going on for years and is a problem that has not decreased. Newly arrested people who have been taken to a local jail
Illegal drug crimes would drop, allowing the police to turn their attention to more serious problems. There is a marijuana smoker arrested every 45 seconds in the United States. Normally, they receive large fines and small jail time but repeat offenders can get up to five years. Sadly, rapists and murderers are able to get only one year. Do you really think smoking a joint is worse that raping and killing someone??
In simple form this means that the crime can be punished at a higher level which I think is terrific. In other states the hate crimes can stand alone with punishment, according to "California Penal Code" which states that any person that is convicted of hates crimes are subject up to one year imprisonment and up to a maximum fine of five thousand dollars. In addition to time in prison and the fine the person is required to serve community hours up to four hundred within a 365 day timeframe. (PENAL CODE SECTION 422.6-422.865). Either way there is definitely punishment for the crimes and is not tolerated by most states.
As statistics go, the news inside Texas prisons seems good: Violence is down, fewer weapons have been found, sexual assaults have dropped. Even the use of pepper spray is down from last year, and that usually means more calm inside the slammer. But one number is way up: Eleven convicts have been killed this year inside prisons, the most since 1997, when 10 prisoners were killed. Last year, just three such homicides were reported. Prison officials say the near quadrupling of the murder total appears to be an anomaly without a single cause — a deadly uptick that neighboring states say they haven’t seen, though they have seen increased violence overall, which Texas has not.