Analysis Of Three Strikes Law

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The social problem highlighted in this video is society’s failure to understand and police crime properly in the United States. Furthermore, the United States has the largest prison population in the world at a cost of 80 billion dollars per year, paid for by the taxpayers. The film Three Strikes Law, states in the 90’s the United States saw violent crime rise at epic proportions in the big cities across the country. The United States had already been locking up these criminals, but the criminal justice system would allow violent criminals to be released from prison early. Most of these career criminals were repeat offenders and ended up back in jail. It took two horrific crimes in California to grab the nation’s attention and create a social …show more content…
Crime has been a part of society since the rise of civilizations. Many structural, environmental situations are the catalyst from crime, such as, the economic downturn, poor mental health system, no clear path out of poverty, and poor upbringing at home. This leads to an increase in gang membership and drug use seen across America today. Individuals from broken homes seek out gangs as a means to have a real family again. Some individuals in poverty sell drugs to try to make ends meet for themselves and their family. When these individuals are caught, they are usually considered petty crimes or non-violent crimes. The three strikes law began to consider petty, non-violent crimes when prosecuting repeat offenders. The decision to take into accountability non-violent or petty crimes had the opposite affected on the success of the three strikes law. This kept low-level offenders in prison for 25 years to life, ended up costing the taxpayers more money to house, and feed these criminals. In fact, most studies prove that after the age of 35, the level of crime drops off with most …show more content…
This theory states that a crime has a function in society because it strengthens group cohesion with individuals who do not commit crimes to band together. This can lead to social change, such as, higher arrest rates in communities or the creation of special task forces. Crime has always been part of the fabric of society. According to Merton, “crime occurs because some people are not able to attain all of their needs and desire through legal means. … Furthermore, the theory of anomie suggests that they then try to attain those things through illegal means” (p. 148). Most repeat offenders who are released from jail have a hard time transitioning to civilian life. These individuals can feel lost and are usually strained for resources. This structural environment opens the door for previous inmates to commit petty theft or crimes, which under the three strikes law can get them locked up for life. Society must find a way to address the underlying issues that maybe forcing individuals to commit crimes they normally would not

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