The California Criminal Law Observer

The Three "Strikes and You're Out" Law

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In 1994 California voters approved a ballot initiative known as "Three Strikes and You're Out." Basically what it means is that people who are convicted of thr ee felonies may end up facing life in prison. The actual "law" has five major moving parts. First there is the ballot initiative (i.e. Proposition 184), then there is there the actual statute that was passed (California P enal Code Section 667 (b) through (i)), and then there are three other code sections that identify the types of violations that count as "strikes" against you.

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