Strike the Three Strikes

Voice Card  -  Volume 31  -  Janine Card Number 11  -  Wed, Mar 2, 1994 6:36 PM

This is ONE OF 3 responses to VC 30 Roger 1 ("Crime ")...

So, Roger, what do you think of this "three strikes" ruling? It seems to me that, once again, the politicians are looking for the easy, quick-fix answer for their constituents instead of a real solution for the problem. It's my understanding that many crimes will fall into this category besides violent ones. How can we convict people to life in prison with such a blanket law? What's wrong with judgements based on the individual criminal?

As for me, I'm against it. I agree with you that we don't have enough prisons to hold those who would be convicted. And it's true that there's just not enough done to rehabilitate prison inmates. The atmosphere alone is probably enough to sour one's view of life permanently. At the same time, though, SOMEthing does need to be done for repeat offenders, especially of violent crimes. In those cases, I agree with the three strikes bill.