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Living with Three Strikes: Courts, Corrections, and the Political Process

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171174.003.0008

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Living with Three Strikes: Courts, Corrections, and the Political Process

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This chapter examines the impact of five years of operation of Three Strikes on the criminal and appellate courts, on the prison population, and on the politics of criminal justice reform. It briefly outlines some major developments in the first half-decade after the new law took effect. The major headings in this analysis are the courts, the state correctional system, and the politics of criminal justice. The short-term impact of the Three Strikes era on California prisons was not substantial. However, the passage of Three Strikes has energized a single-issue politics that has destabilized the legal principles and operating practices of the criminal justice system.

Keywords: California prisons; Three Strikes; criminal justice; appellate courts

Chapter.  8182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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