Last week, students across the country discussed the effectiveness of longer prison sentences in our #DoNow3Strikes post. We asked students Do lengthy prison sentences help deter crime? Should voters or legislators be part of determining prison sentences?
In 1994, Californians approved a Three Strikes law that was the toughest in the nation. In addition to violent and serious crimes, felons convicted of shoplifting, drug possession and other low-level offenses were imprisoned for life terms. More than 9,000 people were sent to prison under the law.
Last week’s Do Now asked students if prisoners who are convicted of the most violent crimes should receive the death penalty. Here are their responses. The top video is the main resource that they viewed before tweeting. Scroll down below to read their thoughts from last week’s Do Now activity.