The Three Strikes Law And The Retention Rate Of Prisoners Incarcerated For Low Level Offenses

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The Three-Strikes Law, (Prop. 184) was a huge mistake that left California 's deficit, and many undeserving lives in turmoil. Millions of dollars were spent from California 's budget to accommodate the mass influx of prisoners, and multitude of trials in the way of new prisons and overloaded courthouses. Furthermore, many men and women received life sentences for low-level offenses. It is my intention to establish a relationship between the Three-Strikes Law and the retention rate of prisoners incarcerated for low level offenses. Before I begin to discuss the three-strikes law, it is imperative that I give some background information on sentencing guidelines.
During the 1970 's the incarceration sentences imposed were indeterminate, meaning the judge had the discretion to sentence an offender on a case by case basis and sentencing a person to state prison or county jail was supposed to be to rehabilitate that person so he/she could re-enter society. Often time’s prisoners were sentenced to different amounts of time for similar offenses. As a result of the unpredictability of early release cases and unclear sentencing guidelines, “demands grew for more uniformity and transparency in punishment. Moreover, violent crime rates rose through the 1970 's and 1980 's which led to increasing skepticism of the rehabilitative approach and calls for harsher sentences" (Delaney, R. and Subramanian, R., 2014). The Federal Government and many other states responded to the violence by…

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