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Striking Out: The Failure of California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law

In the wake of the widely publicized Polly Klaas murder, California Governor Pete Wilson signed into law on March 7, 1994 one of the most punitive sentencing statutes in recent history. The law was dubbed “three-strikes and you’re out” because of its provision requiring 25 to life prison terms for defendants convicted of any felony who were already convicted of two “serious” or “violent” felonies.

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Keywords: California, Criminal Justice, Incarceration, Report, Sentencing

Posted in Criminal Justice (Adult)

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