The purpose of this policy analysis was to examine California's Three Strikes and You're Out law, which significantly increased the length of time repeat offenders with prior serious or violent convictions spend in prison. This policy analysis used books, professional journal articles, law reviews, and government documents and reports.
The rationale for the law was to protect society by imprisoning individuals who are a danger to society. Proponents of the law have argued that the law deters potential crimes, while opponents have argued that the law has little or no impact on crime. However, rehabilitating offenders, especially violent offenders, is challenging and strikers in prison have more serious violent histories and lengthier criminal histories than other inmates. Thus, the law appears to be targeting individuals who would otherwise be a threat to society's safety.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law, Social work|
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