Building a Research Design

E.Zimring Franklin, Gordon Hawkins and Sam Kamin

in Punishment and Democracy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780195171174
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199849765 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Building a Research Design

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This chapter describes and justifies the design of the research project conducted in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The research design addresses three significant questions: How large was the contribution of this legislation's two target groups of offenders to crime in California? How much of a difference did the passage of Three Strikes make in the punishment assigned to the targeted recidivists? And did Three Strikes reduce the crime rate in California. Because of the wide coverage of the Three Strikes law, even large samples of arrested defendants produce relatively small numbers and proportions of persons accused of the most serious crimes.

Keywords: Three Strikes; crime rate; serious crimes

Chapter.  3710 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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