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Strike Out Three StrikesLast year in California voters approved a controversial ballot initiative Proposition 184 also known as the three strikes and youre out law was passed onNovember 9 1994 Under this new legislation repeat offenders upon committing theirthird felony offense will be sentenced to a mandatory twenty-five years to life inprisonCalifornia 667 The initiative passed by a landslide with 76 of the voters infavor of it The State Senate soon after voted the bill into law with only seven membersvoting against it The three strikes initiative stemmed from the killing of Polly Klass byRichard Allen Davis a convicted felon The killing outraged the entire state but whatenraged people even more was that Davis had been in and out of prison his whole life andwas still free to kill again Soon people began calling for laws that would put repeatviolent offenders behind bars for life The premise of the new laws became an easy issuefor politicians to back To oppose such legislation seemed to be political suicide so mostpoliticians backed the initiative Although many civil liberties groups opposed suchmandatory sentencing measures there was little they could in the face of tremendous voterapproval Many voters did not realize that this bill could put potentially incarcerate peoplefor ludicrous amounts after the commission of a minor offense Even more voters did notrealize the cost of implementing such a bill Now that this new legislation has been ineffect for a year and the tremendous negative effects it have become obvious we mustrepeal it One of the issues that must be considered when imposing mandatory sentencing isthe increased cost of incarceration In the state of California it costs 20000 per year toincarcerate an inmate under normal circumstancesCost 1 This amount of money couldput one person through a state college for two or three years According to Beth Carterthe three strikes law has placed 1300 people in prison for a third strike offense and 14000people in prison on a second strike
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