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California / Three Strikes Rule #768771

FNC Evening News for Monday, Mar 01, 2004
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(Studio: Shepard Smith) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Adam Housley) The debate over whether California’s three strikes law is too severe featured; details given about California’s crime rate, which has dropped fifty percent since the implementation of the law that makes criminals who are convicted of a third felony face the possibility of a life sentence, and critics’ claims that individuals who have been convicted on three non-violent felonies are serving a cruel and unusual penalty by receiving life sentences. [California 3 strikes law co-author Bill JONES†- explains the reason the law was created and comments on proposed changes to it.] [Law opponent Geri SILVA†- says the law has punished non-violent offenders too much.] [Aunt of convict Dorothy ERSKINE†- praises the law, but wants the law amended so it only applies to violent offenders.]

Smith, Shepard;
Housley, Adam

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