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† D. Three Strikes is Not a Hit

Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent study on crime policy suggests Californiaís current three strikes law doesnít address the publicís concern about violent crime. University of California, Berkeley law professor Edward Rubin says thatís because the California law and similar legislation in other states are basically symbolic.

Rubin: That is to say, they seem to respond to public concern, but they donít really address the issue. Itís like eating candy when youíre hungry...it feels good at the time, but a few hours later, youíre hungry again and youíve got no nutrition.

Narrator: The real issue, Rubin says, is shifting the four to five billion dollars it takes to keep non-violent criminals in prison...

Rubin: ..and recoup some of that money for prevention programs for police, for more secure incarceration of truly violent people.

Narrator: Rubin and his colleagues are talking with state legislators about drafting a more responsive crime policy. For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.