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What Is The Future Of California’s Three Strikes Law? | Jake Brower, Attorney At Law |Criminal Lawyer | Criminal Defense |DUI Defense Attorney |Felony Arrests |3-Strike Cases |Santa Ana, Orange County, CA

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  • What Is the Future of California‚Äôs Three Strikes Law?

    Posted Oct 4th, 2012 By in Criminal Law With | Comments Off on What Is the Future of California’s Three Strikes Law?

    In baseball, if you get three strikes, you’re out. That’s the essence behind the naming of California’s Three Strikes Law, which mandates that a repeat offender with one or two prior serious or violent felony convictions much be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

    The law has evolved since being approved 1994. In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality after a man was sentenced harshly under its guidelines for stealing golf clubs. In 2004, voters approved Prop 21, which increased the list of people and crimes eligible for the Three Strikes Law to include gang-related crimes and juveniles over the age of 14. In the upcoming 2012 election, Prop 36 would clean up the requirements of a crime that qualifies for the law, reducing the number of non-violent offenders in prison.

    Because of the law, California has seen a massive rise in the number of prison inmates. Since 1994, 80,000 “second strikers” and 7,500 “third strikers” have been sent to state prisons. One in four inmates is a “striker,” which is a whopping 26 percent of the prison population. With such a large prison population, it’s no surprise that it’s putting a strain on county and state jails, which are becoming dangerous and uncontrollable.

    And then there is the research recently done by UC Riverside Professor Robert Nash Parker, which seems to suggest that the law has no impact whatsoever on violent crime while burdening the state with skyrocketing incarceration costs. While the state’s crime rate has been cut in half in the last 20 years, that decline actually began before the law was enacted, and that, according to Parker, shows that Third Strike Laws have seen crime decreases that are comparable to those without them.

    Stemming from a Supreme Court decision, California has less than a year to reduce its prison population to 50,000. That’s a good start, but short of changing the Three Strikes Law wholesale, the larger issue is going to continue. Propositions such as the one currently on the ballot will help steer sentencing guidelines in a fairer direction, but there is still work to be done. 

     

    About the Author
    Jake Brower is a leading Orange County defense attorney, with years of experience handling a wide variety of legal cases. As a criminal defense lawyer, Jake Brower provides aggressive defense for his clients and uses all treatment alternatives available to secure treatment instead of jail time. His practice has and continues to earn high marks in the legal profession, and his primary concern is giving his clients the representation they deserve.

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