"Three Strikes You're Out" and Criminal Law Analytical Essay by Nicky

"Three Strikes You're Out" and Criminal Law
Analysis of the "three strikes you're out" approach in criminal law.
# 144918 | 3,005 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This essay looks at issues associated with "three strikes you're out" crime legislation, which has been implemented in 20 states. An attempt is made to explore and understand if the three strikes law deters crime, and whether or not it is impacting young minorities who are victims of poverty. Additionally, the paper examines the question of whether the law is in fact easing the burden of crime on the state systems. Other contend that the law further burdens the system with cases that are criminal. The essay presents the legislation in a way that shows the application and implication of the laws for society.

The Law
The System
Challenges to the System

From the Paper:

"Most of us live within a law abiding frame of life. We don't often think about what constitutes a misdemeanor or a felony, and for that reason we're at risk that if, whether intentionally or by accident, we break the law, we could be adversely impacted by the three strikes you're out law. Proposition 183, which was voted into law by California voters in 1994, was a response to serious crime on the rise at that time (Lyons, Donna, 2004, 20). The sentencing guidelines impose a 25 year to life mandatory imprisonment on individuals convicted of two serious or violent crimes, and commit a third act of felony (Lyons, 20). Before the third strike, however, the second act of violence or serious criminal act or behavior earns the felon a double sentence. The felony that constitutes the third strike does not need to include a violent act or component to the crime. It can include those drugs, using or selling them, if the drug is included as a restricted class narcotic, and falls under the felony criminal description."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Callalan, Valerie J. Feeding the Fear of Crime: Crime-Related Media and Support for Three Strikes. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2005. Questia. 23 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=111530455>.
  • Gozzi, Raymond Jr. "The Three Strikes Metaphor." ETC.: A Review of General Semantics 56.3 (1999): 333. Questia. 23 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5001846189>.
  • Ingley, Gwyn Smith. "Fiscal and Operational Impact of Three-Strikes Legislation." Corrections Today Aug. 1995: 22+. Questia. 23 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5000331783>.
  • Lyons, Donna. "California Voters to Get a Swing at "Three Strikes": Three Strikes Statute, Penal Code Section 667 (1994); Proposition 183, Three Strikes and You're Out." State Legislatures Sept. 2004: 20+. Questia. 23 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5007598880>.
  • Mauer, Marc. "Three Strikes Policy Is Just a Quick-Fix Solution." Corrections Today July 1996: 23. Questia. 23 Nov. 2008 <http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5000387444>.

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