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February
17

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The three strikes law was recently criticized in a speech by Justice Kennedy at Pepperdine Law School for being unfair. Ironically he cast the deciding vote in 2003 when the law was upheld by The Supreme Court. This issue is particularly poignant in NY, as the state is also saddled with the equally judicially restrictive Rockefeller laws, which, like “three strikes” is a useless feel-good measure for politicians who want to appear tough on crime to constituents. Three strikes removes a valuable sentencing tool from judges and puts away petty, non-violent offenders for life, which clogs our jails, costs taxpayers an unnecessary fortune and completely ignores the root cause of the crimes in question.
Q: Extra points for guessing who was the main special interest political backer of “three-strikes.”

A: Correctional officers union.

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Matt Davies is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Journal News. Born in London, he immigrated to the United States in 1983 and pursued his love of drawing, writing and making fun of people in positions of power throughout his educational career, while fitting in schoolwork in his spare time.

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