Remove the Three Strikes Law in California.

Remove the Three Strikes Law in California.

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Jared Tracey started this petition to State Senator María Elena Durazo and

We the people of the Republic of California will no longer tolerate the corrupt practice known as the Three Strikes Law. These laws can be easily abused and sentence people with harsher sentences than what they truly deserve. This has come to be as a result of the war on drugs and systemic racism which is deeply embedded in the United States’ police force and justice system. It is a fact that the United States imprisons more people per capita than the rest of the world, and this has resulted in economic and societal problems.


Financially speaking, The U.S. and her citizens spend a vast amount of taxpayer dollars on incarceration, with some estimates as high as $50,000 spent per year housing inmates. In addition, without proper rehabilitation treatment to help prisoners get back on their feet after being detained, many men and women resort to crime to get through in life, which more often than not gets them into large amounts of trouble later on in life, endangering others by resorting to crime.


California holds major influence over legislation that will eventually be passed across the nation. The department of justice reports that “70,000 prisoners are sexually abused every year, and assaults, fights, and other acts of violence are common in a prison setting”. These sort of conditions negatively impact prisoners mental and physical well being. Living in constant fear can cause mental disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. These are common in prisons throughout the United States, which means that even those who committed non-violent crimes are subject to these horrible living situations.


The issue of mass incarceration in the U.S. has greatly increased due to the war on drugs and sentencing laws. Their have been thousands of people arrested due to the War On Drugs, which is an ongoing war that the U.S. has waged for years. This war has led to the arrest of thousands of people, simply for the possession of drugs. This adds on to the prison population but does not prove to be effective with decreasing these drug crimes.


With the increase in prison sentences and the existence of mandatory minimums, it comes to no surprise that mass incarceration, and its issues, plague the United States. Making millions of prisoners rot in prison will bring the downfall of America, because the costs of maintaining the prisons as well as the money lost from all potential labor, far outweigh the benefits of keeping them. Solving this issue is no easy feat, though we need to start somewhere. One of the big factors that cause mass incarceration is the absurd prison sentences given to both low and high offenses. For example, the three strikes law significantly increases the sentences of repeating convicts. We see prisoners rot in jail, and then some, because the three strikes law can create sentences that last hundreds of years. Yet studies show that longer prison sentences do not deter crime rates. Simply altering this law will not be enough. We need to completely abolish it, because longer sentences are in effective in fulfilling their purpose to reduce crimes.


The U.S. government seems interested in helping remedy this problem by creating new laws such as the First Step Act. However, state prisons contain the vast majority of prisoners, and the new legislation only affects federal prisons and will not totally fix incarceration rates. New state level wide initiatives need to be created in order for corrupt practices such as the Three Strikes Law and mandatory minimums to no longer exist in U.S. state prisons. We are hoping that California can set a precedent for other states to follow and abolish the Three Strikes Law.

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