Washington man faces life in prison under 'Three Strikes Law'

Posted Jan 22, 2010 by KJ Mullins
A 23-year-old man from Olympia, Washington has been sentenced to life in prison under Washington's "Three Strikes Law." The law requires judges to sentence criminals to life in prison if they are convicted three times for serious offenses.
In 1983 Washington became the first state to enact a Three Strikes law. That law requires judges to sentence a person to life if that person is convicted three separate times of one or more of about 40 "most serious offenses."
Allan R. Simmons was convicted of two Class A felonies in an April 2009 rape and assault. Previously Simmons had been convicted in Illinois of aggravated battery and robbery in two separate incidents.
Some of the 29 states that had put the Three Strikes Law in the books have repealed that decision citing prison overcrowding. According to a press release from Lawyer Jim Newton the law has not been considered by those states as an effective deterrent in crime control.