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A Primer: Three Strikes: The Impact After More Than a Decade
Oct. 31, 2006
Results from an analysis of available data concerning the impact of the Three Strikes and You're Out criminal sentencing law of California are presented. Sections of this report are: introduction; background -- rationale and key features; the legal evolution of the Three Strikes law; impact of the law on the criminal justice system; impact of the law on public safety; and conclusion -- the future of the law. The Three Strikes law has resulted in a growing and aging prison population, at a cost of about one half billion dollars, with little to modest impact on public safety.