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

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

(p.125) Eight Living with Three Strikes: Courts, Corrections, and the Political Process
Punishment and Democracy

E.Zimring Franklin

Gordon Hawkins

Sam Kamin

Oxford University Press

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

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