3 Strikes and You're Out: After 20 Years, Is the Law Working? | Retro Report | The New York Times 2 December 2013
Retro Report - After the 1993 murder of a child,
many states passed laws
to lock up repeat offenders for life,
but today those laws are raising new questions
about how crime is handled in America.
The Making of the ‘Three Strikes’ Laws By Retro Report NYT
Three Strikes of Injustice NYT 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.
habitual offender laws
- also known colloquially as "three-strikes laws."
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