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ADVISORY/Experts Available to Discuss Waning Popularity of Three-Strikes Laws.

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--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2002
TOPIC: Three strikes laws that sentence repeat felons to life terms in prison
now are suffering criticism from the courts and criminal justice experts after
a surge of popularity in the 1990s, according to a story by USAToday.
Twenty-six states have the habitual offender laws, which can send ex-cons to
prison for life for committing misdemeanors, based only on the number of
offenses. But the story says that most prosecutors rarely invoke the laws,
opting instead for less drastic sentencing measures. According to the story,
several nationwide studies have concluded that three-strikes laws have little
overall impact on crime. EXPERTS: ExpertSource can offer several highly
qualified experts to comment on this story:


Carol P. Getty holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration/Political Science from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and an M.S. from Arizona State University in Criminal Justice. She has extensive experience in parole and supervised release and has worked in local, state and the federal government in that area. She currently teaches at Park University in Missouri. 816/741-2000, ext. 6336

As a multidisciplinary criminologist, Prof. Gregg Barak's research has covered a wide range of problems including: domestic violence, sexual assault, governmental abuse and law enforcement, homelessness, juvenile delinquency, victimization, media representations of crime and violence, crime prevention and social justice. He currently teaches at Eastern Michigan University. 313/487-0012

Laura Noonan is President of SIM/The Corrections Connection in Quincy, Mass. She can offer expert comment on issues involving corrections and criminal justice. 617/471-4445; laura@corrections.net

Mr. Thomas Mills is a Partner at Tom Mills and Associates LLP in Dallas. He has 30 years experience as a criminal trial lawyer. PR: Harvey Jury 214/384-3423; hjury@airmail.net

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