The Making of the ‘Three Strikes’ Laws By Retro Report NYT
Three Strikes of Injustice Op-Docs The New York Times 9 October 2012
Three Strikes of Injustice | Op-Docs | The New York Times 9 October 2012
A documentary profiles Shane Taylor,
one of more than 4,000 nonviolent offenders
serving life in California prisons
under a three-strikes law.
serve life terms under California’s three-strikes law
1994 > California > voters overwhelmingly pass the “three strikes” law
California voters overwhelmingly
passed the “three strikes” law
that has come to symbolize America’s
deeply irrational and misguided obsession
with harsh and inflexible sentencing.
It set a life sentence for anyone
with a third felony conviction,
no matter how minor or nonviolent
— even for stealing a pair of socks.
The law contributed
to a dramatic increase
in California’s prison population,
which grew so far beyond capacity
that in 2011 the Supreme Court ruled
that horrendous prison conditions
violated the Constitution.
Californians voted to soften the law,
allowing prisoners whose third strike
was a nonserious and nonviolent crime
to seek early release.
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