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Tag: three-strikes

March
28th

PRISONS: Those life sentences are costly

When state money is so very tight, do we not need to spend it where it will get the best results?

When programs are expensive but yet produce negative results, is it not time that we direct our money elsewhere?

When our “3-Strikes” law was promoted, it was supposed to apply to the “most violent criminals.” On a scale of 1 to 16, we find that some 72 percent of those serving life sentences under this law have been convicted of low-level-4 offenses. Each one of these life sentences has a cost to the taxpayer of at least $1 million.

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Sep.
13th

PRISON: ‘Three-strikes’ laws have gone too far

Across our country, thousands of people are behind bars serving extraordinarily long terms for a variety of low-level crimes. This is a result of well-intentioned anti-crime laws that have gone wrong.

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws enacted mainly to target drug crimes have become a mosaic of statutes that all but eliminate judicial discretion, mercy, or even common sense.

Early on, there were signs that mandatory minimums – and especially “three-strikes – had gone too far. Proponents had sold the measure by saying it would keep murderers, rapists and child molesters behind bars where they belong. Politicians saw the harsh

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