Three Strikes Laws
Name of Student
Boyd, R. (2014). Narratives of Sacrificial Expulsion in the Supreme Court’s Affirmation of California’s ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ Law. SSRN Electronic Journal. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.2507488 retrieved–pdf%20%282%29.pdf
The article pins down three strikes laws as enacted to ensure individuals who had previously committed capital offences have only the option of life sentences. However Dr. Richard Boyd from the department of rhetoric and writing studies at San Diego State University notes that three strikes law has been received with mixed reactions and has led to high numbers of incarceration by the state of California. The author of the article likens three strikes prisoners as embodied rhetoric of an avenging criminal justice system. He notes that there is no essence of sentencing an offender to life for minor crimes.
The supreme court judgement delivered by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor by first describing three strikes law in a simple narrative shows the rhetorical power of narrative that exist to justify its particular rendition of events and actions that may derive from telling a story. The author shows O’Connor’s rhetorical fashioning of Andrade and Ewing as the prisoner’s encounter with the American criminal justice as a narrative fashioned as a simple rendition of the critical facts.