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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In 2001, Alabama amended its three-strikes law, allowing prisoners serving life sentences for their third offense to be eligible for parole.
Case studies in this section cover areas such as US law on abortion, three-strikes law in the US, the law on divorce in Western Europe, and mutual fund regulation in Europe.
California's three-strikes law mandates that certain repeat offenders receive harsh sentences, whether or not a judge deems the penalty warranted.
In each embodiment of a three-strikes law or policy, it is the rightsholder who must first identify and alert the ISP of the alleged infringement.
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.
At least twenty-three other states also have some kind of three-strikes law, but California's is by far the harshest.
California's three-strikes law, adopted by the state's voters in a 1994 referendum, illustrates the pattern.
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.