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Over the years, one of the most controversial and historic pieces of legislation introduced in California has been the Three Strikes Law.  Predominantly created for and utilized by the state of California, the Three Strikes Law has been in place for 18 years since its inception.  It has also sentenced thousands of inmates to life in prison for committing a third felonious act, regardless if the crime committed was a serious crime or minor criminal act.  Designed to keep the streets and common public safe from hardened-criminals, this law is not without its flaws.  Despite its effectiveness, the Three Strikes Law needs to be revised to avoid extreme vagueness, ambiguity in its verbiage and content, and redefinethe wide net of “judge’s discretion” which could potentially send a defendant to jail for life for something petty.

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