State of California Archives: on Crime


Antonio Villaraigosa: Reduced violent crime by 50%; increased size of LAPD

To mark his time as mayor, his staff put together a 60-page book, titled "Straight from the Heart of L.A." that details his accomplishments over the past eight years. Among the accomplishments:
Source: Huffington Post on 2014 California Governor race Jun 23, 2013

Jerry Brown: Curb prison spending through an historic realignment

You, the California legislature, did it. You cast difficult votes to cut billions from the state budget. You curbed prison spending through an historic realignment and you reformed and reduced the state's long term pension liabilities. Then, the citizens of California, using their inherent political power under the Constitution, finished the task. They embraced the new taxes of Proposition 30 by a healthy margin of 55% to 44%.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Jared Huffman: Life-without-parole instead of capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No. I believe life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) should replace the failed, flawed and hugely expensive policy of capital punishment. In California, capital punishment has had the unintended effect of allowing heinous murderers to live out their natural lives in a more comfortable and secure prison setting than if they had received the sentence of LWOP, while driving up the costs of incarceration.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Julia Brownley: Opposes capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: No.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Julia Brownley: Alternative sentencing and separate juvenile courts

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: No.

Q: Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?

A: No.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Allow private prisons to compete, to spend less on prisons

The priorities have become out of whack over the years. 30 years ago 10% of the general fund went to higher education and 3% went to prisons. Today, almost 11% goes to prisons and only 7.5% goes to higher education.

Spending 45% more on prisons than universities is no way to proceed into the future. What does it say about our state? It simply is not healthy. So I will submit to you a constitutional amendment so that never again do we spend a greater percentage of our money on prisons than on higher education.

And the way we get this done is to find more cost-effective ways to run our prison system and allows private prisons to compete with public prisons. Competition and choice are always good. I mean, California spends $50,000 per prisoner. The ten largest states spend $32,000 only.

If California's prisons were privately run, it would save us billions of dollars a year. That's billions of dollars that could go back into higher education where it belongs and where it better serves our future.

Source: California 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

Dick Mountjoy: No visitation for sex offenders with kids or grandkids

BILL NUMBER: AB 2893 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Mountjoy: Sex offenders: child custody and visitation. Existing law requires a person convicted of certain sex offenses to register with the local law enforcement officer of the city or county where he or she resides. Existing law prohibits a person from being granted physical or legal custody of, or unsupervised visitation with, a child if the person is required to register as a sex offender and the victim was a minor or the person has committed another specified crime against a child, unless the court finds that there is no significant risk to the child and states its reasons in writing or on the record. This bill would prohibit a person from being granted physical or legal custody of, or unsupervised visitation with, his or her children or grandchildren if the person is required to be registered as a sex offender and the victim was the person’s child or grandchild.
Source: California Legislative records, AB 2893 Dec 24, 2005

Bill Jones: Three Strikes is a worthy criminal justice reform

As the author of California’s famed “3 Strikes” law, Jones helped lead the criminal justice reforms that today are proving their worth in declining rates of crime. He is the only Republican running that has developed a comprehensive homeland defense plan that integrates local, state and federal resources.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com “Issues” May 2, 2004

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2012 Presidential contenders on Crime:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
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Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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