Three strikes laws around the country are notorious for being very harsh to repeat offenders.
The laws have been repeatedly criticized in some states for producing somewhat ridiculously harsh sentences for smaller crimes that are committed as the third strike.
You schedule the first of three meetings and explain exactly why the person does not fit the organization’s culture.
After he got out, he found work as a forklift operator, and distanced himself from his old life. He wandered from store to store, bought a few things, still shaking his head about his girlfriend's hair appointment.
After a while, he drifted into a department store called Mervyn's.
"They were million-dollar socks with gold on 'em," he says now, laughing almost uncontrollably, as he tells the story 18 years later, from a telephone in a correctional facility in Soledad, California. "No, they were ordinary white socks," he says, not knowing whether to laugh or cry.
"Didn't even have any stripes." Wilkerson never made it out of the store.
Habitual Juvenile Offenders Minors who are arrested for offenses in Illinois are not tried or convicted in the same way as an adult; they are instead adjudicated to be delinquent minors, if they are found to have committed the offense.