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Resource ID: #17907
Subject: Crime
Source: The American Lawyer
Date: July/August


"The San Diego District Attorney's office takes a tough line on the toughest three-strikes law in the nation. Can the 'bold experiment' work?" The three-strikes law poses a mandatory sentence of 25 years-to-life after a person has committed a third offense. While it has gotten some harden criminals off the streets, it has also greatly punished people for nonserious, nonviolent crimes. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys say the implementation of this law has good and bad effects. Susan Freinkel reports on these issues.

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