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A Game You Cant Win The American public is alarmed about crime and with good reason Our crime rate is unacceptably high and many Americans feel like prisoners in their own homes afraid to venture out for fear of becoming another statistic For more than 20 years state and federal crime control policies have been based on the belief that harsh sentencing laws will deter people from committing crimes In 1997 armed criminals in Florida committed more than 34000 crimes victimizing in excess of 93 people a day These victims receive a life sentence of pain fear and often death The perpetrators who impose these sentences must be punished and removed from society to protect innocent people Florida incarcerated a total of 66280 criminals in 1998Orlando Sentinel According to the Council on Crime in America incarcerating one criminal in state prison for one year can prevent as many as 21 crimes Swanson 342 It can be argued that the Three Strikes law stops repeat violent offenders with the threat of longer sentences after each conviction In agreement with the need for imposed jail terms allowing three individual convictions to increase the sentence is a mockery of the judicial system The Three Strikes law represents a faltering attempt at punishing violent criminals We have increased the odds of incarceration said Dr Morgan Reynolds director of the National Center for Policy Analysis Criminal Justice Center Perpetrators know it is more costly to commit crime and that acts as a deterrentReynolds In the State of Florida the minimum prison term for a repeat rapist is 10 years While this is an extensive time to remain locked away from society the focus should be in the repetition of the crime Ask the victim of a violent rape if she would endure this violent act again in order to see the perpetrator receive a longer sentence A man from Moreno County California would have faced the death penalty
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