The Three Strikes Policy is a criminal policy designed to respond more harshly to repeat felony offenders. This policy originated in the state of Washington but has been a policy established in over half of the states in the nation. Other states have enacted repeat offender laws at the urging of the federal government. In America there are three branches of government at every level with the most power being the federal government. The federal government consists of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The state governments are also based on a similar three branch of government structure while local governments are far less formal.