This author will discuss a prison term policy recommendation by a criminologist advisor for a member of the state legislature. The compiled research data will justify the introduction of a bill that would double the maximum prison term for armed robbery. The state legislature member concedes that the bill is very popular with the voters but is concerned whether the bill will make a difference in deterring the crime of armed robbery.
Prison Term Policy Recommendation
It is the responsibility for members of the state legislature to thoroughly research whether a bill to double the maximum prison term for any person convicted of armed robbery will be an effective deterrent to future crimes. The data compiled will present the positive and negative aspects of the proposed bill. Therefore, the criminologist advisor will compile an unbiased study of the current laws, consequences, and data necessary to make a recommendation.
This author will be the criminologist advisor for the Texas state legislature member.
As the state's advisor, this author will present the prison term policy as it stands for armed robbery and the authors' recommendation for the change; included will be the incorporation of the Three-Strikes Law to aid in the punishment stage.
Armed Robbery Definition
Robbery, by definition, is someone taking another's person's property by the use of intimidation or violent force. Armed robbery is defined as robbery at gun point or with the use or the intent of a weapon. This definition is given to better understand armed robbery, the severity of the crime, and why there is a need for a policy change (Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2006).
Three Strikes Law
The three strikes law differs from state to state. In 1990, the three strike law became very popular, causing a huge growth within the Texas prison system.