Washington State’s Persistent Offender Accountability Act (Initiative 593) provided the country with its first look at the future of American criminal justice. Passed in November 1993 by 76% of the voters, the well-known “Three Strikes and You’re Out” provision mandates life imprisonment without parole for those convicted of a serious offense for the third time. Since then, California and New Mexico have passed similar ordinances, and 30 other states are considering Three Strikes legislation. The passage of Clinton’s anticrime bill [the 1994 Omnibus Crime Act] puts this policy...
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