California has led the charge on a new concept of dealing with repeat offenders--the Three Strikes Law. Under this law, a
person who is convicted of three felonies is given a mandatory 25-to-life sentence. A felony is defined as any crime punishable
by 1 year or more in prison.
The law has been criticized for
applying a one-size-fits-all sentence to repeat offenders. The often noted example is one young man who received the
sentence after stealing a pizza. However, advocates of the law quote the large number of repeat offenders that always seem
to slip through the justice system without the three-strikes law in force.