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As crime and violence increased in California citizens began to feel powerless Terrorized in their own neighborhoods by criminals who go in and out of the legal system Californians began to believe there was no justice for them Ironically many people feared so much the gangs drug dealers pushers and hustlers of the streets they became prisoners in their own homes An enormous outcry came about requesting the government to fix the increasing crime rate The answer to this dilemma came in the form of the three strikes law The three strikes law requires anyone convicted of a third felony to receive a sentence of 25 years to life The proposal had portion of the population supporting it at the ballot boxes With a 75 percent margin the law was passed Reuben 16 On March 7 1994 Governor Pete Wilson signed the proposal into law Franklin 27 Within a few years of implementation problems with the three strikes law began to arise Along with a lower crime came the price of overcrowded prisons Minor crimes such as petty theft and burglary received 25 year long sentences Now Californians wonder if the three strikes law gave them more than they had asked for This paper will argue against the three strikes law and that it should be repealed Arguments opposing the law will be given first Next the arguments in support of the law will be discussed These pro arguments will then be followed by rebuttals towards their claims A conclusion will end the paper consisting of a summary of the main points The three strikes should be repealed because it is costly According to a research done the Rand Corporation it is estimated that the law costs about 45 to 65 billion a year to implement This grand sum of money can be better spent Studies show that if an equal amount of money was spent on social programs such as crime prevention and education
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