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25 October 2016
Three Strikes and You’re Out
In this day and age crime is at its highest rate. Everyday law enforcement has trouble tackling the growing numbers in crime. The three-strikes law works to keep repeat violent offenders in jail for a mandatory 25 years to life. Many will argue the law cost too many of taxpayers’ dollars or that it may be too harsh
Criminals today as well as in the past are and have been getting off too easily. The law fights to keep the violent repeat offenders in jail, keeps the streets clean of crime, and the tough sentencing saves lives. Critics might say the sentencing would not fit the crime appropriately, or that taxpayers’ money would be wasted.
Before there were stricter laws, criminals were let on the street more often than you think. This would give criminals the mind set to get away with crimes over and over. A lot of the times criminals would get a slap on the wrist for serious crimes that they would commit. This would cause the same criminals to go out and commit the same or worse crimes. This would make the
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streets unsafe for people in communities. A prime example of this would be the case of Polly Klass. Richard Allen Davis was a man who had a long line of violent felonies he had committed
over four decades. Polly Klaas was only 12 years old when she was abducted from her home in Petaluma, CA in 1993. Richard Allen admitted to kidnapping and murdering Polly. Investigators would learn that Richard Allen Davis was released from prison early. He had only served half of his 16-year sentence for an earlier kidnapping. This case would be the reason to bring light to the three strikes law. The Polly Klaas murder sparked outrage as to why a repeat offender like Davis could still be walking the streets
This case would prove that people who had several violent felonies should not be able to walk the streets free. Richard Allen Davis is someone who should have never been out early on such a serious crime of kidnapping. He only had a sentence of 16 years. How he was allowed to only serve half of his sentence on such a serious charge is what sparked a lot of anger. He was let out on parole with a long rap sheet of offences in his pocket. This was not fair to the community who was in trouble due to him getting such a small sentence for a serious crime. The three-strikes law would have fought to keep Davis in jail for the mandatory sentence.
The streets would be safer if the law was everywhere. Crime rates would drop because criminals would not get off so easy the first time. With no strict laws criminals would have the mind set to commit more crimes.
Criminals would think twice about their actions because of the stricter law that would be enforced. Statistics in California would show that between 1993 and 2000 the crime rate
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dropped 42 percent when the three-strikes law came forward. With criminals learning of the law these statistics proved the criminals themselves were deterrent of committing crimes.
Someone would argue that the three-strikes law increased jail population and cost text payers millions of dollars to hold people in jail, but only criminals with violent offenses would
apply to the three-strikes law. Only people that commit serious crimes. Smaller crimes would not always fit.
A case that has stirred up controversy would be the case of Pedro Verduzco. Verduzco had two previous felony convictions when he was sentenced to 29 years to life in prison for his third felony of possessing less than a gram of methamphetamine. Protestors for the organization of Families Against California Three-Strikes would fight to get these crimes to be under the cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the constitution.
This would be only one of many cases that are fighting to get rid of the three-strikes law all together. Although many states still stand by the law, many states have gotten rid of it all together. The opposing side would not want drugs to fit in the three- strikes law because they don’t believe they apply. Like any other law there are people who stand by it and are for it, and there are many people who want to vote the law off completely.
Although the three-strikes law would cost tax payers a lot of money it is worth it to keep the real repeat violent offenders in jail for 25 years to life. Criminals like Richard Allen Davis would be the model of the three strikes law doing good to keep the streets safe. The three-strikes would make sure that the criminals would get punishments that fit their crimes
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that they committed. If criminals are caught in time they might want to turn their lives around in fear of getting the last strike of 25 years to life. Many stand by the law because it helps control crimes in the states that it is still being used today. Crime statistics show that criminals have changed their thoughts on committing such violent crimes with fears of the law.
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Taibbi, M. (2013). The Stupidest Law Ever. Rolling Stone, (1180), 33-39993. Richard Allen admitted to kidnapping and murdering Polly. Investigators would learn that Richard Allen Davis was released from prison early. He had only served half of his 16-year sentence for an earlier kidnapping. This case would be the reason to bring light to the three strikes law. The Polly Klaas murder sparked outrage as to why a repeat offender like Davis could still be walking the streets
This would be only one of many cases that are fighting to get rid of the three-strikes law all together. Although many states still stand by the law, many states have gotten rid of it all together. The opposing side would not want drugs to fit in the thre