State of Georgia Archives: on Crime

Nathan Deal: 20% pay raise for state-level law enforcement

In September of this past year, we announced a 20 percent pay raise for state-level law enforcement. These brave men and women don a badge and vest each day as they go to face uncertainty on their shifts in service of their fellow citizens. They protect our lives and property, and it is only fitting that they should be paid a competitive salary.

I am told that in the month following this announcement, Georgia State Patrol had more trooper applications than in the entire previous year.

The second component of that law enforcement improvement announcement was an expansion of training on deescalating violence, community policing and alternatives to deadly force as well as providing access to local law enforcement for Crisis Intervention Training, which provides instruction on how to safely handle situations involving those with mental impairment.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Georgia Legislature Jan 11, 2017

Drew Ferguson: Thank a law enforcement officer in your community

Standing with Our Men and Women in Blue: When was the last time you thanked a law enforcement officer in your community? Our men and women in blue put their lives on the line each day to ensure the safety of our families and the security of our communities. They stand against violence and do their best to prevent possible threats that may cause harm to our families, friends and neighbors. They go to work each day, unable to predict the potential dangers that may be thrown their way at any moment. Their admirable bravery and selfless dedication are traits that we should all strive to mirror in our own lives.

The fact that many men and women in uniform have been violently targeted recently is inexcusable. As Americans, we must take a collective stand in honoring our law enforcement professionals. I will always be grateful for these heroes and their devotion to making our state a safer place. How about you? Will you stand with me?

Source: 2016 Georgia House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Jim Barksdale: Better training for police, to avoid confrontations

Recent confrontations between law enforcement and citizens they protect, including a case in Coweta County where a handcuffed individual was repeatedly tasered until he died, have created understandable unease for Americans interacting with police. As these types of incidents are too numerous to count, Jim believes improved education and training, and better use of technology needs to be addressed at the Federal level.

While Jim believes people who commit crimes should go to jail, he wants to see crimes by non-violent offenders addressed with alternative sentencing strategies. The best way to reduce crime is increase job opportunities as it is better for our society if non-violent offenders are rehabilitated instead of only being locked away.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2016

Andrew Hunt: Community rehab programs instead of incarceration

Keeping Families Together through Prison Reform: Move away from improper jail terms.

As governor, I want to keep families together, keep people in the workforce, and save taxpayers money. One of the best ways to approach this is through prison reform. Georgia operates the 5th largest prison system in the US, and it's costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Roughly 5% of tax dollars goes towards our incarceration systems. Georgia's legislators have considered cutting funds to our education and healthcare without even considering reducing the costs of our prisons. If we shrink our prison population by no longer incarcerating people for victimless crimes, we can help keep families together and reduce our tax dollar waste.

A great example of a cost-effective, smaller government is the prison reform in Texas. By closing 3 prisons, Texas has reunited families and reduced crime rates. They then spent a fraction of the cost of incarceration on creating community rehabilitation programs.

Source: 2014 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website, Aug 31, 2014

Jason Carter: No ban on the death penalty

Jason Carter distances himself from a man he has loved and admired since boyhood: his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter. Of the elder Carter's call to ban the death penalty, his grandson said, "I love my grandfather, but we disagree." And when grandfather Carter offered to attend a campaign rally in Albany, Ga., his grandson politely asked him to stay home. "He wanted the people of southwest Georgia to see that he was a man of his own," the former president said in an interview in his office.

So it goes in what may be the nation's most awkward legacy campaign. Political families--from the Roosevelts to the Kennedys, Bushes and Clintons--have long been a part of American politics. Carter's bid to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent, is testing the strength and durability of the Carter name in Georgia, a red state that Democrats hope to turn blue. But it is also a test of something more: a deep bond between a 38-year-old grandson and an 89-year-old grandfather.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Jul 26, 2014

Nathan Deal: Accountability courts to avoid 5,000 prison beds

In Public Safety, let's capitalize on the success that we have already had in criminal justice reform, in which, last year, we crafted legislation that saves both lives and taxpayer dollars. Through increased use of accountability courts--drug, DUI, mental health and veteran courts--along with other measures, this state will avoid the need to add 5,000 prison beds over five years and save taxpayers at least $264 million; these measures simultaneously decrease the number of offenders who end up back in jail after being released--and create productive, taxpaying citizens rather than more dangerous criminals. And we have continued funding for accountability courts by allocating $11.6 million toward that purpose in my budget proposal.

This year we will continue our work by bringing legislation designed to produce better results with juvenile offenders and divert them from the adult system.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Georgia Legislature Jan 17, 2013

Doug Collins: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

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

Rand Knight: Provide inmates with job skills and drug treatment

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Rand Knight: Support the federal death penalty

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Vernon Jones: Support the federal death penalty

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Alan Keyes: Failing to revere God results in violence and crime

We as a people have experienced, sadly, the consequences of forgetting this fundamental truth: fail to revere God in our schools, and the tide of violence, and crime, and drug abuse rises in our schools, along with a tide of low motivation and bad performance.
Source: Rally in Blairsville, Georgia Oct 21, 2003

Jim Martin: Supports lethal injection as the method of execution

Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Jim Martin: Supports alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders

Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Zell Miller: Drunk drivers are criminals and deserve tough punishment

We all know that DUI has been a plague on our streets and highways... that it has caused unnecessary death and bloodshed. DUI criminals -- and that’s what they are, criminals -- can terrorize any one of us at a moment’s notice. It can be prevented. That is why drunk drivers have found no mercy during the Miller Administration. We passed one of the toughest DUI laws in America: Mandatory jail time for drunk drivers. Confiscation of license plates.
Source: 1998 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 15, 1998

Zell Miller: Two-strikes law got 1,710 ciminals behind bars

We passed “two-strikes and you’re out.” Thanks to that law, there are 1,710 violent criminals who are locked away in Georgia prisons. Collectively, those 1,710 thugs were responsible for more than 9,800 crimes, including over 4,900 violent crimes. Thanks to the two-strikes law, they are no longer a threat to the law-abiding people of Georgia.
Source: 1998 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 15, 1998

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