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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California's three-strikes law mandates that certain repeat offenders receive harsh sentences, whether or not a judge deems the penalty warranted.
A July survey by the California Business Roundtable found that 72 percent of voters were inclined to vote yes on the initiative, which Romano says "would restore what was the original intent of the three-strikes law.
Patrick had sided with those who argue that a three-strikes law would exacerbate prison crowding and could add $125 million annually to the costs of incarceration.
In 2006, a Stanford law school lecturer launched a clinic whereby law students work to reverse what they view as miscarriages of justice under California's three-strikes law, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Florida voters approved a three-strikes law in November unlike any other state's: a measure aimed not at killers or thieves but at doctors who foul up.
But don't take him for some liberal softie in an elephant costume--our three-strikes law is still firmly intact, and even our jaywalkers are running scared at the prospect of having their DNA entered into a national database.
On March 5, the Supreme Court rejected constitutional challenges to life sentences that had been imposed on shoplifters in two different cases under California's three-strikes law.
It happened in cases involving California's three-strikes law, which mandates lengthy prison terms for people who repeatedly commit crimes.
I wanted to show the cruelty of the three-strikes law.
5 million people voted for some sort of reform, he knows the people of California are tired of the three-strikes law, and he has already said he's now willing to negotiate.
This person is a perfect example of a career criminal, and because of this arrest, it is hopeful that he will go to prison if the three-strikes law still applies, so he no longer victimizes anyone,'' police spokesman Sgt.
The state, however, argued that the sentence was justified under California's three-strikes law.