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jail for life, but the police could help in the process. ?Land of the Free.? Ha! That?s an understatement. How many innocent men and women are sitting behind bars because of this ludicrous law? How many of those innocent men and women were put in prisons by crooked police officers? Something has to be done protect the innocent. Another case where a man was framed was the James Jones case.(3) James Jones was framed by police officers involved in a drug conviction. How many other Jones?s are still in prison? How many others are imprisoned to long sentences because it is so easy for the police to frame somebody when all they have to do is testify to a simple drug possession case? Does this law reveal any racial motives? Marc Klaas originally supported the 3-Strikes Law, but he began

having doubts when he started to learn how broad the law would go. On November 14, 1999, Marc Klaas wrote an opinion piece printed in the San Jose Mercury News stating, ? Then, something happened that convinced me I had been helping the wrong people. I was in Los Angeles promoting the initiative when, during a ride through one?s city?s disadvantaged neighborhoods, a member of the ?3-Strikes? campaign turned toward me and gestured toward a group of young black men. ?This is how we are going to take care of these people,? he said. (3) This comment is frightening. How many members of the 3-Strikes campaign are racist? This could greatly affect the discussions on amendments for this law. The second 3-Strikes Initiative was announced November 10, 1999. It states that: 1. The law would

not be applicable to non-violent and non-serious offenses. 2. Multiple counts during one event will only count as one strike. 3. The amendment would be applicable to everybody who has already been sentenced under the law and it would be applicable to both second strikers (who received double their sentence) and 3-strikers (who received a minimum of 25 years to life.) (3) Will this law actually help to reduce crime rates? A news study of criminal sentences in three large California cities concluded that the states five and a half year old 3-Strike Law hasn?t had any statistically significant impact on the conduct of criminals conduct of criminals. (1) This just goes to show that this law is unnecessary and is doing absolutely nothing to reduce the crime rate in California. Frank

Zirmring, a University of California Berkley law professor said that on November 8, 1999 his analysis of arrest records of 3, 500 criminal defendants in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco before and after California enacted the law in 1994 and found no evidence it is a deterrent crime. Studies also say that tougher sentence don?t make any difference. (4) These studies clearly show that this outrageous law has no affects on today?s criminal society. No matter how many laws are enacted the crime rate will remain the same. People themselves have to stop crime, not laws. The 3- Strikes Law is a law that the state of California enacted to help solve their crime problems. This law has not only wasted taxpayer?s money, but it has also wasted a lot of the courts time. This law has

also left many innocent men and women behind bars without any chance of seeing the outside world for committing a non-violent, non-serious crime. Not to mention, the convicted felons families. How can law officals and judges unlawfully arrest and sentence these men and women when not even enough substantial evidence has been brought in front of the court. Before any states pass a law that is so severe they must first look at all the aspects and what the law will actually accomplish. The 3-Strikes law is completely unconstitutional and a serious revision should take place immediately. 1. http://www.facts1.com/general/3strikes.htm 2. http://www.facts1.com/states/states.htm 3. http://www.facts1.com/general/recent.htm 4. Willis,Douglas, The San Francisco Gate 11/8/99 Bibliography

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