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  •  3 strikes of violent crimes... (2+ / 0-)
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    Arlys, elwior

    ...and sure people are willing to pay what it takes - not for justice or to torture the criminal in solitary but to protect the public, keep him/her segregated from the public.

    There was a deadly revolving door of very dangerous armed young men at the time. Something had to be done and as usual reasonable public sentiment led to an imprecise law that was abused.

    I'd prefer to refine rather than repeal the law.  Sentencing for multiple (2? 3?) convictions for violent felonies, for illegal possession of a gun, or any crime committed with a gun should guarantee incarceration. Also incarceration for drug violations should be eliminated.

    And a "3 strikes" variant should be constructed by the SEC for any violations by corporate boards and officers.

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