State of Missouri Archives: on Crime

Lester Turilli: Stricter punishment does not always deter crime˙

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: Stricter punishment does not always deter crime. ˙Upon˙penitentiary release, a large majority of felons return to criminal activity. ˙ More emphasis and support should be given to similar programs as our Drug Treatment Courts which have had tremendous success in helping Missourians through accountability, education, and treatment.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Eric Greitens: Get first responders needed training, equipment, & support

POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS NEED OUR SUPPORT. I believe police officers and firefighters should be honored for the hard work they do. They deserve to be led not by lawyers, but by leaders; and I pledge to be strong for those who are always on call for us. As Governor, I'll make sure that they have the training, the equipment, and the support that they need to do their job.
Source: 2016 Missouri Governor campaign website Oct 9, 2015

Chris Koster: Deliver justice to those who break our laws

Twice elected to serve as the Attorney General for the State of Missouri, Chris Koster has governed the way he promised: delivering justice to those who break our laws, defending working families, and fighting against powerful interests that have done wrong to people of our state.

Chris is a hands-on Attorney General, personally prosecuting many high profile cases and arguing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Missouri. As one of Missouri's most experienced prosecutors, Chris has personally convicted some of our state's most notorious murders and has overseen more than 100 murder convictions during his career. As Attorney General, one of his most important duties is supervising our state's legal process surrounding the imposition of the death penalty.

Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website Sep 9, 2015

Peter Kinder: Preserve law & order, even when there are riots & looting

Source: 2016 Missouri Gubernatorial campaign website Sep 9, 2015

Jay Nixon: More DWI arrests save more lives

Last year, we passed historic DWI legislation with strong bipartisan support. That new law is making our highways safer for everyone. With us tonight is Highway Patrol Sergeant Blaine Adams from Poplar Bluff--who has made an amazing 1,060 DWI arrests--more than any other current member of the patrol. 1,060 DWI arrests. Can you imagine how many lives this one Trooper has saved? Please stand and accept the gratitude of your state.
Source: 2011 Missouri State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Bob Holden: Lower drunk driving limit to .08

Right now, in Missouri, the blood alcohol content for being arrested as a drunk driver is .10, even though all the evidence shows that a driver is substantially impaired at the .08 level.An analysis of the first five states that lowered the blood alcohol limit to .08 revealed significant decreases in fatal crashes related to alcohol in four out of the five. The tremendous toll in human life and suffering our higher blood alcohol content law is causing should be more than sufficient reason to lower the legal limit. And federal authorities are also sending us a signal of how important they feel this issue is. We are losing federal incentive money for our highways by not adopting .08. We would be receiving an additional $3 million every year now. If we don’t pass a .08 law by October 1, 2003, we will be paying a sanction in the neighborhood of $8 million-a penalty that increases to $32 million in 2007 if we still haven’t passed the bill. Let’s make it happen this year.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

Catherine Hanaway: No parole for repeat felons; yes on death penalty

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Nancy Farmer: No death penalty, more community policing

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

Nancy Farmer: Mandatory sentencing, but fund rehabilitation & alternatives

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

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