The Three Strikes and You're Out Law Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the three strikes law and its implementation in California.
# 150167 | 772 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | US


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Description:

The paper outlines the arguments of those for and against the three strikes law and then presents the contention that this law is not fair or effective. The paper does note the huge drop in the crime rate after the implementation of the three-strikes law in California but asserts that the drop may not have been due to that legislation. The paper looks at this law in other states and discusses how in California, the controversial three-strikes law allows the third strike to be any felony, whether violent or not. Finally, the paper looks at how the U.S. Supreme Court upheld California's three strikes law as not being a cruel and unusual punishment.

Outline:
Pros
Cons
Fair and Effective?
Crime Rate Dropped in California since Three Strikes?
Similar Laws in Other States?
2003 Supreme Court Decision

From the Paper:

"From 1990-1993, prior to three-strikes, the CCI dropped a total of 2.4%. From 1994-1997, post three-strikes, the CCI dropped 30.8%. For violent offenses the decrease was 27% post three-strikes vs. an increase of 7% from 1990-1993 (Beres and Griffith 106).
"However, some argue that the drop in the crime rate actually began in 1993 with a significant drop before any impact from three-strikes. This does not imply that the huge drop in the crime rate post three-strikes was not due to that legislation. And it cannot be doubted that three-strikes definitely had a significant impact on the crime rate drop. However, other factors may have initiated the drop in crime in 1993, which also impacted the bigger drops after three-strikes. A booming California economy during that same time period is one explanation offered.
"Twenty-eight states have three-strike laws. Most are "similar" to California's. However there is one major difference. In California, the controversial three-strikes law allows the third strike to be any felony whether violent or not. And the sentence is a mandatory 25-to-life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beres, L. and T. Griffith. "Did Three Strikes Cause the Recent Drop in California Crime?" November 1998. Loyola of Los Angeles Law School. 15 September 2009 <http://llr.lls.edu/volumes/v32-issue1/beres.pdf>.
  • Messerli, J. "Is the three-strikes law, which provides mandatory 25-to-life sentences for a third felony conviction, a good idea?" 15 October 2006. Balancedpolitics.org. 14 September 2009 <http://www.balancedpolitics.org/three_strikes.htm>.
  • Total Criminal Defense. "Understanding Three Strikes and You're Out Laws." n.d. Total Criminal Defense. 14 September 2009 <http://www.totalcriminaldefense.com/overview/three-strikes-law.aspx>.

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