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The Three Strikes Law

By KBL781 - Posted on 10 January 2011

TitleThe Three Strikes Law
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsCox-White, Becky, Anestidou Lida, Connolly Peggy, and Keller David R.
Pagination1 p.
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCriminal Justice , Law , Legal Issues

Nearly twenty-five states have enacted a "Three Strikes Law which requires that persons who have been previously convicted of two violent or serious crimes and who are subsequently convicted of a third such crime be convicted as habitual criminals and serve lengthy prison sentences. Some critics of these laws worry, however, that in cases where the first two crimes were serious, the third crime could be relatively trivial (such as shoplifting) and still be counted as a third strike.


Case from the 2003 APPE National Ethics Bowl Championship. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2003.

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