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Punishment and Democracy: Three Strikes and You're Out in California (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)

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"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.

About the Author

Franklin E. Zimring is William G. Simon Professor of Law and Director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of American Youth Violence (Oxford, 1998) and co-author (with Gordon Hawkins) of Crime Is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America (Oxford, 1997) and Incapacitation: Penal Confinement and the Restraint of Crime (Oxford, 1995).

Gordon G. Hawkins is a Senior Fellow at the Earl Warren Legal Institute and the former Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney.

Sam Kamin is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Denver.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Origins and Structure

1. Three Strikes Come to California

2. The Largest Penal Experiment in American History

Part II: The Study

3. Building a Research Design

4. The Role of Recidivists in Urban California Crime

5. The Impact of Three Strikes on Criminal Punishment

6. Three Strikes as Crime Control

Part III: Impacts

7. The Jurisprudence of Imprisonment in California

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

Part IV: Implications

9. The Changing Politics of Criminal Punishment

10. Democracy and the Governance of Criminal Punishment

11. Legacies and Lessons

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195171174
Author:
Zimring, Franklin E.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Sam
Author:
Kamin, Sam
Author:
null, Franklin E.
Author:
Hawkins, Gordon
Author:
null, Gordon
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Punishment
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Law | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Prisons
Subject:
Law | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Prisons and Punishment
Subject:
Law | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Prisons & Punishment
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Crime and Public Policy
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 line illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.12x5.94x.63 in. .86 lbs.

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