1. Assume you are Ollin Crawfords lawyer. Your job is to get her paroled quickly.
Provide a brief argument that claims that she stayed in prison longer than Sue Kennon
(who is white and affluent) because of racial and socioeconomic factors (Ms. Crawford
3. One of the criticisms of three-strike laws is that they abolish the use of discretionary
sentencing. That is, the terms and conditions of the sentence are mandatory. What are
the strengths and weaknesses of laws that eliminate discretionary sentencing?
2. Three-Strike laws have been around a long time. What is their intent? When the
lawmakers in Richmond, Virginia, established a three-strike law in Virginia, who were
they targeting? To what extent was the law designed to take people like Ms. Crawford
5. To what extent do state legislatures pass three-strike laws based on scientific
evidence that shows their efficacy? To what extent are they passed for political
reasons? Is there evidence that three-strike laws lower the crime rate? Can they
4. Newspaper accounts make a big deal of the fact that in robbing banks, Ms. Crawford
and Ms. Kennon did not use lethal weapons. Ms. Crawford stuffed a round object in a
sock and claimed it was a hand grenade, while Ms. Kennon used a toy gun. What