three-strikes law

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three′-strikes′ law`

a law that mandates a life sentence to a felon convicted for the third time.
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Breyer argued that California could not justify subjecting Ewing's theft to treatment under the three strikes law, since the theft was not one of the "serious" or "violent" crimes at which the recidivist statute was directed.
Bush signed a three strikes law punishing underage drinkers that may even end up putting daughter Jenna in the slammer.
Farmer, who was later released, hoped to educate African Americans as to what the Three Strikes Law is really about and how prisons are being turned into corporations for profits.
State statutes, such as California's three strikes law, offer a less cumbersome and potentially more effective alternative.
Washington, whose general fund budget was about $8 billion for FY 1994, expects its new three strikes law to have a similar fiscal impact.
The California Association of Urban League Executives (CAULE) -- citing a recent report finding that, under the current "Three Strikes" law, African Americans are given life sentences at nearly 13 times the rate of Whites, and that Latinos are incarcerated 82 percent more than Whites - strongly urges voters to approve Proposition 66, which reforms the state's Three Strikes law.
Studies show that California's Three Strikes law has been disproportionately applied against African-Americans.
California's adult prisons, designed to have a capacity of about 80,000, currently contain more than 142,000 inmates, an increase spurred in part by harsh measures like the so-called three strikes law.
It's a precursor to other abuses, like the Three Strikes law, and the public needs to wise up and stop them.
Opponents of the three strikes law hope this ruling will enable the California law to be rewritten, bringing that state in line with others.
The deterrent effect of three strikes laws can be measured best by examining the law's impact on crime in California, which aggressively prosecutes offenders under the provisions of the state's three strikes law.
Since the three strikes law went into effect, inmate rights advocates and defense attorneys have been warning us of explosive prison costs and overloaded courts, and predicting little benefits from this tough-on-crime law.