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What are Three Strikes Laws?

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Three strikes laws are a category of statutes enacted by state governments to ensure long periods of imprisonment for persons convicted of a felony on three separate occasions. The term is adapted from baseball and is usually colloquial in its usage.  Three Strikes Laws are usually referred to in the legal field as "mandatory sentencing laws." 

The philosophy behind three strikes laws state that a person who commits more than two felonies is usually a chronic, habitual criminal incapable of reform.  Three strikes laws mandate permanent imprisonment for the safety of society.

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