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In recent years the surge in the population of the world has brought about new areas of concern for sociologists and criminologists With more and more people populated our nation there is greater need for government-regulated programs to adapt with the increase One aspect of society that has had to rapidly adjust itself constantly is the Criminal Justice system The growing population has put pressure on the criminal justice system to decide on a method of maintaining order There are currently two broad scopes on dealing with the problem of population control one is the idea that we need to establish a system that keeps offenders out of prison offering alternative punishments than incarceration to keep prisons from overcrowding Another idea is that we need to make an example that will deter others from committing similar acts of deviance It is this ideology that has berthed the new wave of zero-tolerance justice A form of this is the new concept of mandatory minimums These laws require a pre-defined punishment for certain crimes no matter what the situation A subset of these laws is the three strikes laws that are being adopted by more and more states These laws give a three-time offender a very harsh punishment once convicted of his or her third crime regardless of any mitigating factors First I would like to explain the ideology behind mandatory minimum sentencing It is based on the idea that if you take an offender off the street after committing multiple serious felonies then you stop him or her from committing more Simple plan difficult execution For example a man writes two bad checks in two separate instances and is convicted on it each timeboom two strikes on his record Now two months later he walks out of a restaurant without paying his bill as he is leaving he runs into four policemen stopping by for a coffee and sweet rounded pastry to quell their growling
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