3 Strikes Research Paper

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3 Strikes – You’re Out!
What is the best way to lower crime in the United States? Something that could put a stop to those who continue to commit violent crimes? The Three Strikes Policy was created for that specific purpose. The policy is based off of baseball in which if the batter gets three strike then they are out. The Three Strikes Policy is a law that significantly increases the prison sentence of a person who is convicted of a felony who has also been previously convicted of two or more other violent crimes or serious felonies in their past. This “third strike” is limited to nothing short of 25 years to life for those criminals even with a small third offense. The law was passed by former president Bill Clinton in 1993 when crime rates
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Since the law is set in place for any person who receives a criteria fitting third strike, whether it is from a big or small crime, the person is sent away to prison for basically the rest of their life. Due to the growth of the amount of people being sent to prison as a result of this policy, it is continuing to be more and more expensive to keep them in prison. High crime rate in California was the tipping point for former president Clinton to pass the law. The prison located in California now holds roughly 135,000 inmates (Shipley 1). It has more than doubled mainly because of the policy. Today, it costs about $20,000 per year to confine just one physically fit and capable offender, and about three times that cost for an older prisoner in a penitentiary (“Reasons” 1). Considering that California is just one of the fifty states that is required to uphold this law, how much money is really being siphoned annually just to keep so many offenders in jail? The state court systems costs are also rising due to the abundance of felony cases being persecuted. Since the prisons are being over populated, new prisons are being build, funneling more money into the equation. There is an obvious chain reaction that can be seen when taking a step back and observing the bigger picture. Almost all, if not all, of this funding comes from none other than the taxpayers of this
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