Essay on The Three Strikes Laws Have Been Committed

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Every civilized society has to determine the best way to handle criminal activity. Some theories focus on what to do after crimes have been committed. Other theories focus on preventive measures to stop people from becoming criminals in the first place. So-called Three Strikes laws have been enacted across the country, and in federal law, to address repeat offenders. Although law enforcement touts the success of such laws, they have created undesirable results, including disproportionately oppressing minorities and those who suffer from mental illness. Three strikes laws are not a sufficient way to prevent or reduce crime.

The Three Strikes and You’re Out laws were first enacted by California voters in 1994. This law was in response to the murders of Kimber Reynolds and Polly Klass. (Stanford) The law was for defendants that had two prior convictions for crimes that were defined as serious or violent by the California Penal Code. These defendants would be sentenced to life in prison regardless for their third offense, even if the third offense—or strike—was a minor crime. The official ballot that promoted the Three Strikes Law was only intended to keep child molesters, murders, and rapists behind bars. (Stanford) Today, over half of those sentenced under this law are serving because of nonviolent crimes. Stanford Law School’s The Three Strikes Project represents individuals that have, in their view, suffered under this law. They have represented offenders who were sentenced…

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