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Punishment and Democracy

Three Strikes and You're Out in California
Zimring, Franklin E. (Book - 2001 )
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"Getting tough on crime" has been one of the favorite rallying cries of American politicians in the last two decades, and "getting tough" on repeat offenders has been particularly popular. "Three strikes and you're out" laws, which effectively impose a 25-years-to-life sentence at the moment of a third felony conviction, have been passed in 26 states. California's version of the "three strikes" law, enacted in 1994, was broader and more severe than measures considered or passed in any other state. Punishment and Democracy is the first examination of the actual impact this law has had. Franklin Zimring, Sam Kamin, and Gordon Hawkins look at the origins of the law in California, compare it to other crackdown laws, and analyze the data collected on crime rates in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco in the year before and the two years after the law went into effect. They show that the "three strikes" law was a significant development in criminal justice policy making, not only at the state level, but also at the national level. They conclude with an examination of the trend toward populist initiatives driving penal policy. The importance of the subject and the stature of the authors make this book required reading for policy analysts, criminal justice scholars, elected officials, and indeed any American seeking to know more about "get-tough" criminal sentencing.
Authors: Zimring, Franklin E.
Title: Punishment and democracy
three strikes and you're out in California
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
Characteristics: xi, 244 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Franklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins, and Sam Kamin
Additional Contributors: Hawkins, Gordon - 1919-
Kamin, Sam
ISBN: 0195136861
Branch Call Number: 364.6 Z76p 2001
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-238) and index
Subject Headings: Prison sentences California Mandatory sentences California Punishment in crime deterrence California Recidivism California Crime prevention California
Topical Term: Prison sentences
Mandatory sentences
Punishment in crime deterrence
Recidivism
Crime prevention
LCCN: 00036323
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"Three strikes and you're out" laws, which effectively impose a 25-years-to-life sentence at the moment of a third felony conviction, have been passed in 26 states. California's version of the "three strikes" law, enacted in 1994, was broader and more severe than measures cons... Read More »


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