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Punishment and DemocracyThree Strikes and You're Out in California$
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Franklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins, and Sam Kamin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171174.001.0001

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Building a Research Design

Building a Research Design

(p.30) (p.31) Three Building a Research Design
Punishment and Democracy

E.Zimring Franklin

Gordon Hawkins

Sam Kamin

Oxford University Press

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

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