Punishment and Democracy: Three Strikes and You're Out in California / Edition 1by Franklin E. Zimring, Sam Kamin, Gordon Hawkins
Pub. Date: 02/28/2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"Getting tough on crime" has been one of the favorite rallying cries of American politicians in the last two decades, and "getting tough" on repeat offenders has been particularly popular. "Three strikes and you're out" laws, which effectively impose a 25-years-to-life sentence at the moment of a third felony conviction, have been… See more details below
"Getting tough on crime" has been one of the favorite rallying cries of American politicians in the last two decades, and "getting tough" on repeat offenders has been particularly popular. "Three strikes and you're out" laws, which effectively impose a 25-years-to-life sentence at the moment of a third felony conviction, have been passed in 26 states. California's version of the "three strikes" law, enacted in 1994, was broader and more severe than measures considered or passed in any other state.
Punishment and Democracy is the first examination of the actual impact this law has had. Franklin Zimring, Sam Kamin, and Gordon Hawkins look at the origins of the law in California, compare it to other crackdown laws, and analyze the data collected on crime rates in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco in the year before and the two years after the law went into effect. They show that the "three strikes" law was a significant development in criminal justice policy making, not only at the state level, but also at the national level. They conclude with an examination of the trend toward populist initiatives driving penal policy.
The importance of the subject and the stature of the authors make this book required reading for policy analysts, criminal justice scholars, elected officials, and indeed any American seeking to know more about "get-tough" criminal sentencing.
Table of Contents
|Part I||Origins and Structure|
|1||Three Strikes Comes to California||3|
|2||The Largest Penal Experiment in American History||17|
|Part II||The Study|
|3||Building a Research Design||31|
|4||The Role of Recidivists in Urban California Crime||41|
|5||The Impact of Three Strikes on Criminal Punishment||63|
|6||Three Strikes as Crime Control||85|
|7||The Jurisprudence of Imprisonment in California||109|
|8||Living with Three Strikes: Courts, Corrections, and the Political Process||125|
|9||The Changing Politics of Criminal Punishment||151|
|10||Democracy and the Governance of Criminal Punishment||181|
|11||Legacies and Lessons||217|
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