State of Florida Archives: on Crime


Rick Scott: Signs death warrant for murderer

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for the man convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce on his way home from school almost 20 years ago. 46-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez is scheduled to die by injection Feb. 12 for the Sept. 11, 1995, slaying.

The boy was abducted after being dropped off by a school bus near his home in south Miami-Dade County. Chavez took him back to his trailer, where he raped him. He held Jimmy captive for three hours before he shot the boy as he tried to escape.

The case horrified the state and led to the passage of the Jimmy Ryce Act. It allows authorities to commit dangerous sexual predators to mental institutions once they have completed their prison terms.

Source: First Coast News on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race Jan 2, 2014

Ted Yoho: Support capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

George LeMieux: Argued in favor of death penalty in Supreme Court case

As Deputy Attorney General, LeMieux led an agency of more than 400 attorneys. He argued a death penalty case before the United States Supreme Court and won the case with a unanimous decision. LeMieux oversaw the office of governor for the administration's first year as Chief of Staff and helped oversee and manage Florida's state agencies.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.georgeforflorida.com Apr 28, 2012

Alexander Snitker: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Alexander Snitker: Job-training, substance-abuse, & early-release for prisoners

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders

A: Yes.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs

Crist has been doggedly reminding people: He says he is a pro-gun, anti-abortion, small-government conservative who worships Ronald Reagan. He says he is against gay marriage, frugal (he pays off his single credit card every month) and despised by criminals (he once proposed that chain gangs be reinstituted, earning him the nickname Chain Gang Charlie).
Source: New York Times on 2010 Florida Senate debate Jan 10, 2010

Jeb Bush: Symbol of crime needs a human face on it

Many political observers say that a particularly offensive Bush TV ad was the turning point of the campaign. The ad featured a mother whose 10-year-old daughter had been murdered in 1980, 14 years prior to the campaign. The killer had been sentenced to death by never executed, because of appeals. The victim's mother said that her daughter's killer "is still on death row and we're still waiting for justice." She then said, "We won't get it from Lawton Chiles because he's too liberal on crime."

The ad, personally approved by Jeb, proved to be a disaster for his campaign. Chiles attacked Jeb directly for it: "All my political life I have supported the death penalty, as governor I have executed 8 men." He wagged his finger at Jeb and said: "You knew [the ad] was false. And I am ashamed that you would use the loss of a mother in an ad like this."

Bush "seemed flustered by the force of Chiles's words and responded weakly that the symbol of crime needs a human face on it."

Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. ˙8 Dec 11, 2009

Jeb Bush: Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act

Bush's first campaign against Lawton Chiles was dominated by his efforts to appeal to the "tough on crime" constituency and to portray his opponent as "soft."

Governor Bush continued to focus support for "get tough on crime" laws. These include a variety of mandatory sentencing laws such as the 10-20-Life Act, the Three Strikes Violent Felony Offender Act, and the Habitual Offender Accountability Act, all passed in the glow of Bush's 1st-term victory. Despite evidence that the 10-20-Life law had no effect on the state's crime rate (Stoddard, 2006) Bush continued into his last year in office to cite these laws as some of the primary accomplishments of his administration.

Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p. 72-73 Dec 11, 2009

Bernard DeCastro: Founded gospel-based Florida Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition

His past is [not] perfect, but he has turned it around for the better. He founded the Florida Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition (www.feorc.org ), the Time for Freedom, Inc, which is a non-for profit organization to help teach and preach the gospel to prisoners and helps to provide services for reentry to them.
Source: Florida 9/12 Candidate survey, 912candidates.org Jun 30, 2009

Charlie Crist: Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program

And we must also work together to address crime in our state, including gang activity.

I was proud to launch the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit in 2005 to thwart the actions of those who target our children. Attorney General Bill McCollum has made fighting this crime a top priority.

Source: 2008 State of the State Address to Florida legislature Mar 4, 2008

Mitt Romney: To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads

Q: What are you going to do about black on black crime; the war in the inner city?

A: Number one is to get more moms and dads. Number two, we’ve got to have better education in our schools. And number three, we have to do a better job with our policing. And I was very proud that I added one state police class after another.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Marco Rubio: Toughen laws against prostitution & sex trafficking

Rubio voted YES on HB1231, Prostitution Act (Passed House, 85-31)

State government synopsis: Increases penalties for procuring minor for prostitution; revises provisions re sex trafficking; revises provisions prohibiting deriving support or maintenance from earnings of prostitution; provides for payments to persons who provide information that materially assists law enforcement in investigation of specified violations leading to felony convictions or withholdings of adjudication.

Source: Florida state legislative voting records Apr 27, 2007

Marco Rubio: Collect DNA of those convicted of sexually deviant behavior

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio Nov 1, 2006

Jeb Bush: Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act

Governor Bush and the Florida Legislature have worked together to adopt public-safety reforms such as 10-20-Life, the Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act, and the Habitual Juvenile Offender Accountability Act. These initiatives and related laws passed in 1995-1997 have successfully reversed the lenient criminal-justice policies of the early 1990s. Thanks to the dedicated work of professional local and state law enforcement, the Governor’s leadership and the Legislature’s criminal-justice policies, Florida’s 2000, “Index Crime” rate was the lowest in 28 years. The 2000 index-crime rate, based on murder, forcible sex, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, dropped 18% since January 1, 1999. This two-year decline in index-crime rates is the lowest ever recorded by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Source: Governor’s web site, www.MyFlorida.com, “Initiatives” Nov 7, 2001

Jeb Bush: 10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences

Source: Governor’s web site, www.MyFlorida.com, “Initiatives” Nov 7, 2001

Lois Frankel: Death penalty but also alternative sentencing

Source: Florida 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Jeb Bush: Build more prisons; private contracts OK

Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Jeb Bush: Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable

Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Jeb Bush: Supports death penalty

Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Jeb Bush: Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses

Source: 1998 Florida National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

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