The author has included two research questions: whether or not the original intent of the Three Strikes law is understood and whether the law has effectively reduced crime and recidivism rates. The method used in the article is case study whereby the author focuses on the California version of the Three Strikes law. In addition, the article employs a multidisciplinary approach in analyzing the case study including history, political science and sociology. The author found out that the California Three Strikes Law has failed to meet its initial goal of reducing the number of repeat offenders in the prison system. The article also found out that the California Three Strikes Law encourages racial disparity when it comes to sentencing offenders.
Defined as a public policy that imposes an outlined amount of prison time based on the crime committed and the defendant’s criminal history, these sentences dictate that a judge must enact a statutory fixed penalty on individuals convicted of certain crimes, regardless of extenuating circumstances. Such laws have removed discretionary sentencing power from judges, instead focusing on severe punishments in line with national drug and crime concerns. While the original goal of mandatory minimum sentences was to deter potential criminals, reduce drug use, control judicial prudence, the policy has had extreme consequences such as sentencing imbalances and
As, discussed second problem of pre-trail detainees, there is also a ten-point method or measures to prevent or to lessen the no. of pre-trail detainees in the prisons2: 1. Review the scope of the criminal law so that it is not used more widely than necessary. 2. Ensure international standards underpin legislation on pre‑trial justice. 3.
These law makers must properly asses this bill and the affects it will have on prisons systems, individual offenders, and the crime rate. All offenders should not be generalized and sentenced according one law because every circumstance is different. We must restore our faith in the appointed criminal judges that they will do everything within their power to administer the law appropriately and fair based on evidence and intent. Overturning mandatory minimum laws starts with knowing a few specific details. These details include: what mandatory minimums are and what brought about their start, knowing what classification of offenders are affected by the laws and if it is warranted for the offense, the number of inmates incarcerated currently that are serving mandatory minimum sentences, and the impact mandatory minimum laws have on the prison systems.
First, during lecture three, we talked about the notion of just deserts. We said that retributive justice is a matter of giving those who commit crimes against humanity what they deserve. Hence, the advantages of taking a retributive approach falls under that notion. Pros of using retributive justice approach • Assault: Setting example - a prison sentence provides immediate punishment. It will leave the offender with no doubt that hurting someone is not acceptable.
A reason for disapproving Smithey’s clemency could be the conflict between Arizona’s enacted term statutes and the “old-code lifer” and the cost currently distributed for Smithey (Glionna, 1). In my opinion, I think that care for the elderly in prison can be improved through the differentiated elder imprisonment displayed by the Pearson video. More care could be given to these differentiated elder imprisonment variants and less guards could be assigned given the de-escalated recidivism and violent behaviors. I do not feel any compassionate release programs are appropriate. I feel that a compassionate release program is the third link in a chain I disagree with.
Unfortunately, there are racial disparities in the United States in the legal system. Prison sentences imposed on African American males in the federal system are nearly 20 percent longer than white males convicted of similar crimes. The 1994 Crime Bill signed by President Clinton established mandatory minimum sentences. African American and Latino offenders sentenced in state and federal courts face greater odds of incarceration than white offenders who are in similar situations and receive longer sentences than whites in some jurisdictions. Research has shown that race plays a significant role in determination on which homicide cases resulted in death sentences.
Proposers of mandatory sentencing have always preached that such penalties are reflective of public attitudes toward mandatory sentencing. In reality, the public supports mandatory sentencing only when asked to consider the most serious crimes of violence, and when the poll questions prevented respondents from considering the potential deficiencies associated with mandatory sentences of imprisonment (such as a loss of proportionality in sentencing). Recent polls conducted in Australia and in the United States demonstrate that public support for mandatory sentencing has declined in recent years. This, in turn, explains the decline in support for mandatory sentencing among polity. Which brings us to the bend along the road, where I believe it is time for the society to do away with Mandatory Minimum Prison
These are all questions that arise when we discuss mandatory minimum sentencing. Within the last 30 years mandatory minimum laws have become a growing concern due to the rising over population in prisons and cost of incarceration to tax payers. Mandatory minimum laws are unjust and need to be reevaluated by Congress. Mandatory minimum sentences are sentences mandated by law for
There are three issues that we should focus on: the first would be to build more jails. This way judges wouldn’t be pressurized to give lenient sentences due to lack of jail space, the second would be to elect judges in order to reflect the will of the majority of public. This way, we can ensure that judges are not biased, and we have the power to vote them out of office if biases occurs. The third focus point would be to open shelter homes specifically for criminals and addicts who are mentally ill and require residential treatment. This would act as a transition between prison and