Carol Moseley-Braun on Crime
Former IL Senator; Democratic Candidate for President
Job skill program and drug treatment for inmates
Which principles do you support regarding crime issues:
Source: Vote-Smart Presidential National Political Awareness Test
Jan 8, 2004
- Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- Support programs to provide prison inmates
with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
- Increase funding for community policing programs.
- Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
- Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Executions are a revenge response: impose moratoriums
Q: What is your opinion of the death penalty?
A: I oppose the death penalty. In 1984, I filed Illinois' first bill to impose a moratorium on executions. The death penalty is too fraught with uncertainty and error, and is too often a revenge response.
Civil society should not allow itself to be brutalized by resort to revenge and blood lust as an acceptable product of our system of criminal justice. As Dr. King once said, "an eye for an eye will simply leave us all blind."
Source: Concord Monitor / WashingtonPost.com on-line Q&A
Nov 6, 2003
Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals.
Vote to table, or kill, a motion to send the bill back to the joint House-Senate conference committee with instructions to delete the provisions in the bill that would make it harder for prisoners given the death penalty in state courts to appeal
; vote number 1996-66
on Apr 17, 1996
Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards.
Approval of a limit on punitive damages in product liability cases.
Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)59; N)40; NV)1
Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 956;
Bill H. R. 956
; vote number 1996-46
on Mar 21, 1996
Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits.
Restriction of class-action security lawsuits.
Status: Veto Overridden Y)68; N)30; P)1
Reference: H.R. 1058 passage over veto;
Bill H.R. 1058
; vote number 1995-612
on Dec 22, 1995
Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits.
Repeal federal speeding limits.
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)64; N)36
Reference: Motion to table Lautenberg Amdt #1428;
Bill S. 440
; vote number 1995-270
on Jun 20, 1995
Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms.
Vote on the motion to instruct conferees on the bill to insist that the conference report include Mandatory prison terms for the use, possession, or carrying of a firearm or destructive device during a state crime of violence or drug trafficking
; vote number 1994-126
on May 19, 1994
Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals.
Vote to express that the Omnibus Crime bill [H.R. 3355] should reject the Racial Justice Act provisions, which would enable prisoners appealing death penalty sentences to argue racial discrimination using sentencing statistics as part of their appeal.
Bill S 1935
; vote number 1994-106
on May 11, 1994