Crime & Punishment

Whether one opposes or supports laws that make it tough on criminals, including mandatory minimum sentences and favoring the death penalty for heinous crimes.


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    Nigel James Sutton

    Delegate,
    Annapolis, Maryland

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  • OPPOSE
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    Federal minimum sentences were introduced as scare tactics, most notably during the Ronald Reagan and George Bush administrations. But even many government officials say the punishments don't fit the crimes. Some reforms for mandatory minimums have been made both on federal and state level, but a lot is still needed for complete overhaul of the system. I am against the death penalty.

    Robert Winder

    State Representative,
    Boise, Idaho

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    I believe in second chances for minor offenses. All crimes have motives and a degree of circumstances. When crimes are blatant and cause significant harm to others, there should be the toughest penalties. Living conditions for convicted felons should not be any better than those who are fighting in the armed forces at the lowest rank, e.g. tent city jails with temperatures like Iraq are OK.

    David Eldredge

    County Council,
    Heber City, Utah

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  • NEUTRAL
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    The death penalty for capital murder is necessary, as unfortunate as this reality may be. However, mandatory minimums are not the solution to deter other forms of crime. Drug possession needs to be decriminalized, and we need to stop incarcerating people for victimless crimes.

    John P. Hoop

    State Assembly,
    Signal Hill, California

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    Right now there are 2.5 million Americans in prison. 77,000 of those are children. I believe the United States has 5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's prison population. I believe that within the first year we should be on track to reduce the prison population by at least 30%. With additional work release programs for nonviolent offenders would reduce prison population by 50%..

    Arthur Harris

    President,
    Kensington, Maryland

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    O.A. Cargill

    State Representative,
    Yukon

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