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Racial Divide: California's 3 Strikes Law

California’s Three Strikes law has been plagued with questions about racial fairness since the beginning.

3 Strikes & You're Out: An Examination of the Impact of Strikes Laws 10 years after their Enactment

In 1993, the state of Washington passed the nation's first "Three Strikes and You're Out" law by voter initiative.

Swing States: Crime, Prisons and the Future of the Nation

There are nearly 7 million people under correctional supervision in America, more people than in our eight least populous states combined. Organized differently, these people would have 16 votes in the United States Senate.

Still Striking Out: Ten Years of California’s Three Strikes

While other states’ “Three Strikes” laws only applied to serious or violent offenses, California’s required sentences to be doubled for any felony.

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

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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