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This article needs to be updated. In particular: Update article to reflect the First Step Act which was recently signed into law. Please update this to reflect recent events or newly available information. Twenty-eight states have some form of a “three-strikes” law. Missouri uses the unique term “prior and persistent offender”. The three-strikes law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of a felony who have been previously convicted of two or more violent crimes or serious felonies, and limits the ability of these offenders to receive a punishment other than a life sentence.

The expression “Three strikes and you are out” is derived from baseball, where a batter against whom three strikes are recorded strikes out. However, there is a more recent history of mandatory prison sentences for repeat offenders. The first true “three-strikes” law was passed in 1993, when Washington voters approved Initiative 593. The concept swiftly spread to other states, but none of them chose to adopt a law as sweeping as California’s. By 2004, twenty-six states and the federal government had laws that satisfy the general criteria for designation as “three-strikes” statutes—namely, that a third felony conviction brings a sentence of 20 to life where 20 years must be served before becoming parole eligible. This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.

New York has employed a habitual felon statute since 1797. Maryland has had a habitual felon statute for violent offenders since 1975. The law was amended in 1994, meaning that a fourth conviction for a crime of violence mandates a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Delaware has had a three-strikes law providing up to life imprisonment for serious felonies since 1973, when the Delaware Criminal Code, contained under Part I, Title 11 of the Delaware Code, became effective. Texas has had a three-strikes with mandatory life sentence since at least 1952.