Saturday, October 31, 2009

Three Strikes Law in California
NPR All Things Considered — A law in California, called the "three strikes" law, requires very severe sentences (25 years to life) for offenders convicted of a third offense, even stealing a pair of socks, after two "serious or violent" crimes. The NPR 3 part series examines the history, disparity of application, and effect of this law.
part 1 Oct. 28, 7:50 min. ; part 2 Oct. 29, 5:55 min. ; part 3 Oct. 30, 7:23 min. NPR mediaPlayer or .mp3, transcripts available.