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NCJ Number: 157600 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Impact of the AB971 "Three Strikes, You're Out" on the Municipal Court System in Santa Clara County, California
Corporate Author: Santa Clara County Office of the County Executive
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 35
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report assesses the probable impact on the Santa Clara Municipal Court of AB971, commonly known as the "three strikes, you're out" law, which mandates life imprisonment without parole for offenders convicted of three felonies.
Abstract: The Municipal Court can be expected to send 2,315 strike cases to the Superior Court in 1994 for trial or sentencing. In terms of the impact on Municipal Court proceedings, the report predicts there will be an increased number of appearances, case processing times will increase, the number of preliminary hearings will increase, the amount of time spent on preliminary hearings will increase, and preliminary hearings will be longer. This report also explores the relationships between case processing times and number of appearances, and strike dockets with other associated dockets; examines case processing of three broad classifications of cases; and provides a basis for estimating increased workload for interpreters and transcription services. 26 tables
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): California; Court case flow; Legislative impact; Municipal courts
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