Say NO to the "Three Strike" law for non-violent offenders
- Mirta Kekenak
- New York Senate
- United States of America
The implementation of the three-strike law has caused a lot of controversy and has negatively affected the quality of life of many; primarily lthose of low socio-economic backgrounds. Because of this law people convicted of non-violent crimes such as burglary, theft, and drug related offenses are serving life sentences. The already challenged families of these indivisduals are left to further suffer without their support.
In the meantime, the policies against powerful criminals and violent offenders remain unchanged. It is another abuse of the already disadvantaged in society.
As a result of this law, U.S. Corrections has grown to a 32 billion dollar industry. It costs an averageof $19,700 per year for a county jail bed and yet only 65% of second strikes and 55% of third strikes are for non-violent or less serious offenses.
The implementation of the three-strike law has caused a lot of controversy and has negatively affected the lives of many. Because of this law people convicted of non-violent and often petty crimes such as stealing food, not paying a bill, or even not paying a bus fare are doing life in prison.
Say no to the "Three-Strike" law for non-violent offenders. Consider that the huge sums of money going into the incarceration industry to house thousands of inmates can instead be applied to programs to educate and reform.
The Say NO to the "Three Strike" law for non-violent offenders petition to New York Senate was written by Mirta Kekenak and is in the category Justice at GoPetition.