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Against Three Strikes By failing to report his change of address Eric Barr fell victim to Californias three strikes law and was sentenced to 25 years-to-life without the possibility of parole Yes Eric Barr broke the law and should be punished but to send him to prison for the rest of his life for this offense is absurd This penalty is excessive and disproportionate to the crime Eric committed The three strikes law is a violation of the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the VIII Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional After a total of ten years in prison Eric Barr was demonstrating a proper rehabilitative lifestyle He got a job and checked in with his probation officer accordingly Eric was surprised when he found police officers waiting to take him into custody at his place of employment Understanding that the three strikes law was in full effect and that he was one strike away from a life behind bars Eric obviously inadvertently broke his probation and is now serving an outlandish sentence Eric Barr and many other people are paying for Californias crime phobia The popular three strikes initiative which Californians easily passed into law by a 72 margin in the November 1994 election is an attempt at a quick fix stemming from two decades of steadily increased crime rates Although the law sounds equitable when imposed on felons who continually commit violent undeterable crimes it can also throw the key away on those who are perfectly able to live non-criminal lives in society Under this law anyone with two prior felony convictions could be sentenced to prison for 25 years-to-life without the possibility of parole for any third felony conviction No matter how minor the offense is prosecutors have the right to request the 25 years-to-life sentence In California there are over 500 offenses that can be categorized as a felony trigger a third strike A
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