In a well-received study, Crime and Punishment in California: The Impact of Three Strikes and You're Out, Franklin E. Zimring, Sam Kamin, and Gordon Hawkins assert that California's Three Strikes law has failed to deter crime. The authors submit that the study has not provided sufficient statistical evidence to prove that Three Strikes does not deter crime. The authors argue that the statistical methodology employed in the study was flawed, and that this flaw created a distorted view of the deterrent effect of Three Strikes. The authors do not attempt to demonstrate that Three Strikes deters crime; however, they do produce evidence to that effect.
Brian P. Janiskee & Edward J. Erler,
Crime, Punishment, and Romero: An Analysis of the Case Against California's Three Strikes Law,
Duq. L. Rev.
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