Television, magazines and newspapers seem to publicize the sentences of “Third Strikers” under California’s Three Strikes Law (Penal Code § 667 (c) and 1170.12 (a)) as always disproportionate to the offense committed. The media seems to suggest that the law deserves as amendment due to the harsh consequences of even a seemingly minor transgression.
Indeed, the law is controversial. Some courts have ruled such sentences are cruel and unusual punishment, and therefore, unconstitutional as violating the Eight Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
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