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03/27/2013 08:59 pm ET Updated May 27, 2013

Cruel And Unusual Punishment: The Shame Of Three Strikes Laws

On 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 McDonald's, walked into a nearby mall and, within the space of two hours, turned himself into the unluckiest man on Earth.

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