Crime in America has come home. Ask anyone; they can tick off the names, dates, and grisly details from the Oklahoma bombing, the O.J. Simpson double murder trial, the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas, the drowning of Susan Smith's children, the roadside slaying of Micheal Jordan's father, the Long Island Railroad Massacre, the never ending string of post office shootings, and on and on. The "three strikes ┬Ł law, "a mandatory sentence of twenty-five years to life for anyone convicted of a third felony ┬Ł was passed to prevent second time offenders from committing a third strike, to target repeated offenders, and to keep repeat criminals off the streets (SIRS).
Public outrage over crime has found political expression in the proposal and enactment of various laws mandating lengthy sentences for repeat felons. Put forward under the slogan "three strikes and you're out, ┬Ł "these laws generally prescribe that felons found guilty of a third serious crime be locked up for twenty-fi