For example, in California, a man was sentenced to 25 years to life for stealing a pair of white socks worth .50, because this was his third crime.In Illinois, people who are eligible for sentencing under the three strikes law are referred to as habitual criminals.
It is time to have a discussion with that individual.
"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.
n July 15th, 1995, in the quiet Southern California city of Whittier, a 33-year-old black man named Curtis Wilkerson got up from a booth at Mc Donald's, walked into a nearby mall and, within the space of two hours, turned himself into the unluckiest man on Earth. "So I was like, ' Baby, I'm going to the mall.'" Having grown up with no father and a mother hooked on barbiturates, Wilkerson, who says he still boasts a Reggie Miller jumper, began to spend more time on the streets.
"I was supposed to be waiting there while my girlfriend was at the beauty salon," he says. After his mother died when he was 16, he fell in with a bad crowd, and in 1981 he served as a lookout in a series of robberies.