The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected
books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject.
The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by
Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically
selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo
Online Databases (RHC Students
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Web Site Links
FACTS : Families to
Amend California's Three-Strikes
This Web site is sponsored by "Families to Amend California's
Three-Strikes", an organization that hopes to amend the law so that it
applies only to violent felonies. The site is very current with
recent news & updates and
includes statistics and has detailed information on specific three
strikes cases, both past and present. An interesting look at
those directly involved in this issue.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
This organization challenges mandatory sentencing penalties.
Promotes sentencing policies that give judges the discretion to
sentence defendants according to the severity of the crime and
potential for rehabilitation. Site keeps recent articles and
reports about the issue.
Families to Amend California's Three-Strikes - Statistics
This site is all statistics on this subject, dating back to when
the three-strikes law first passed to very recently. It is quite
comprehensive and covers many aspects of this controversial issue.
A Primer : Three Strikes : the Impact After More Than a Decade
The Three "Strikes and You're Out" Law
Excellent site authored by California State's Legislative
Analyst's Office. This October 2005 report looks at the "Three
Strikes and You're Out" California state criminal sentencing law
passed in 1994. It provides links to 200 abstracted and full text documents on this issue, arranged in chronological order. The linked
documents include statistics and
demographic information about inmates.
This California Law Observer site is presented
by a California practicing attorney and provides the text of the law as it
appears in the California Penal Code. It also gives a full
description of what offenses qualify as punishable under the 3-strikes
Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) top
Controversies @ Facts.com
Search this database for in depth information on mandatory
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
Battleground : criminal justice
Call number: Ref HV7411.B38 2007
Encyclopedia of crime and punishment
Call number: Ref HV6017.E524 2002
Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the
following Library of Congress subject headings:
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library,
to be viewed in the Library.
Crime & punishment in America
Call number: Video 000533
Brings historical perspective to the problems of escalating crime and
the public's fear of it, by exploring the evolution of crime and
criminal penalties in American society.
The Rio Hondo College Library
provides online access to full-text articles through our
online databases. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The sample searches
and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. Input your student
ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a
list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
SUB(habitual offenders) AND SUB(criminal sentences)
SUB(race) OR (ethnicity) AND SUB(criminal justice)
Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 3/2003
last update: K. Bourgaize, Librarian 11/2009