Case #1908.1

The "Three Strikes" Law in California: The Impact (Sequel)

Publication Date: November 03, 2009
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This sequel is the second part of this three part case. The main case (case 1908.0) provides background on the California three strikes law, and then briefly describes the proponents and opponents of the ballot measure, and the arguments each side put forward. The next two parts can be read sequentially in class. This brief sequel summarizes the impact of the ballot initiative--which was overwhelmingly approved by voters--on both the state prison system and the state budget. The third part (supplement 1908.4) tells a different story: of two judges in Pennsylvania who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from the owners of two juvenile detention centers, in a scheme many labeled kids for cash.

Learning Objective:
The first and second parts can be used to motivate discussion of the political activities of groups with concentrated interests in an issue and the implications for collective choices in a democracy.

Other Details

Case Author:
Esther Scott
Faculty Lead:
John D. Donahue
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States
Funding Source:
Robert G. Wilmers Local & State Government Case Studies Fund