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NCJ Number: 170390 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of "Three Strikes and You're Out" Laws: What Have We Learned?
Journal: Corrections Management Quarterly  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1997)  Pages:55-64
Author(s): W J Dickey
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines California's experience with "three strikes' law, and presents information on the impact of similar laws in other states.
Abstract: "Three strikes" laws, which impose severe prison sentences for third felony convictions, are a popular crime-fighting tool that has been extensively applied nationwide. However, questions remain about the laws' usefulness and appropriateness. The California law has been unevenly applied to a broad range of offenses and has resulted in unintended consequences throughout the criminal justice system. Before the overall impact of three strikes laws can be evaluated, several major subject areas must be addressed, namely, the laws' impact on: (1) the commission of crime; (2) arrest behavior; (3) plea bargaining, trials, and costs; (4) early release; (5) trials, civil proceedings, and personnel; (6) fairness, drugs, and race; (7) prison costs; and (8) released prisoners. Three strikes laws are still in a period of transition as States grapple with voter demands for crime solutions, but there is no hard evidence that the laws have had a deterrent effect on crime commission. References, appendix
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): California; Corrections; Crime prevention measures; Criminal justice program evaluation; Criminal law; Deterrence effectiveness; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Laws and Statutes; State laws
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