August 1, 2014 by Tyler Brown
The California three-strike law is what legally is known as a sentencing enhancement statute for repeat criminal offenders. The California three-strike law garnered national and international attention for its severity when it initially was enacted in 1994.
The Original California Three-Strike Law
Beginning in 1994, and running through the passage of a California voter initiative called Proposition 36, the three-strike law in the Golden State required that a criminal defendant, with a prior conviction of a serious felony, to be sentenced to a term of incarceration of double the maximum permitted by law on the new charge. If a criminal defendant was convicted of a third felony, of any type, with two prior strikes, that individual faced a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life.