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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There is also a strong case for the Government to look at implementing the Three-strikes law enforced in many US states.
Prior to Johnson's trial on the 2002 charges, the government filed an information, alerting the court that the 1976 and 1983 convictions Johnson constituted serious violent felony convictions under the federal three-strikes law. As a result, a mandatory sentence of life in prison would be required if Johnson was convicted of the 2002 bank robbery.
Between the restrictions of the three-strikes law and the time Knight has already served, he'll likely spend roughly 20 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.
Her next crusade will be the case of Chris Young, 30, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for drug offenses under the federal three-strikes law. This isn't a one-off for Kardashian West, and that ticks people off.
Meanwhile, California has in place safeguards such as the three-strikes law to protect the public from repeat violent offenders.
In 2001, Alabama amended its three-strikes law, allowing prisoners serving life sentences for their third offense to be eligible for parole.
The judge said the vigilant householder had saved Matthewson from a three-year prison sentence for a completed burglary under the three-strikes law.
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.
So under the three-strikes law, this would seem like a chick pic.
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strikes law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no.