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Three-Strikes Laws
Three-strikes laws

Few criminal justice policies evoke more debate and discussion than the enhanced sentencing provisions commonly referred to as “three strikes and you're out” laws. These laws have become a point of contention for criminal justice practitioners, researchers, activists, and attorneys concerning the justice and injustice of these sentence enhancements. The three-strikes sentencing policies, which became popular in the United States in the mid-1990s, enhance the punishment for repeat offenders by triggering a mandatory prison sentence for those individuals who have been previously convicted of a serious or violent felony; the sentence is significantly higher for repeat offenders versus first-time offenders committing the same act. From 1993 to 1995, 24 states and the federal government passed three-strikes provisions in response to the perceived ...

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