Habitual Effects — 3 Comments

  1. 2 questions:
    Could you help with the definition of “violent crime”? Assuming that is defined differently from state to state?

    You refer to the 3 strikes laws but do not define how the violent vs non violent intersect with the “habitual”? Don’t want to assume they’ve been segregated in this… Also in that same vein, is there any correlation between the violent and non violent or does that just muddy up the waters?

    • 1] We used FBI crime data, so their definition of violent crime holds, four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

      2a] We are unclear on your second question. In most HOLs (and they vary by state) the combination of strikes are variable. For example, some states may require one, two or all three of the strikes to be violent.

      2b] Again, unsure about your question.

  2. I had a cousin that had a long history of violent behavior, mostly linked to his drinking. When CA passed the 3 strikes law any new incident would trigger the 3rd strike.
    He cleaned up his act, quite drinking and never even got another ticket until the day he died 2 years ago.

    the 3 strikes law worked well with him.

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