State of New York Archives: on Crime

Zephyr Teachout: Disenfranchising due to criminal convictions is undemocratic

Voting is a basic principle of our democracy. Yet New York State presently disenfranchises individuals with criminal convictions, taking away their right to vote while they are in jail. This is undemocratic. We should follow the lead of Vermont and Maine, and ensure felons never lose their right to vote.
Source: 2014 N. Y. Senate campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Zephyr Teachout: We have a long way to go on criminal justice reform

Residents of New York State deserve a criminal justice system that is fair to all and that makes policies with an eye to their long-term impact, ensuring that we don't address problems by only making them worse. Governor Cuomo has made strides in reforming our criminal justice system--but there is still a long way to go.
Source: 2014 N. Y. Senate campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Zephyr Teachout: Give minorities opportunity, not criminal justice system

Arrests for petty crimes cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually and needlessly introduce young people to the criminal justice system while saddling them with permanent criminal records. Being stigmatized this way has huge long-term consequences, making it far harder to find a job or get into school. We should be expanding opportunities for young blacks and Latinos rather than foreclosing them.
Source: 2014 N. Y. Senate campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Zephyr Teachout: Raise age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18

New York State should raise the age of criminal responsibility. Presently, New York automatically prosecutes children as adults: around 50,000 16- and 17-years olds are tried as adults each year. Exposing children to the hazards of incarceration in the adult prison system endangers their well-being and risks setting them down a path of recidivism, as 80% of adolescents forced into the adult prison system go on to reoffend. We should ensure we treat children like children.
Source: 2014 N. Y. Senate campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Hakeem Jeffries: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders

Indicate which principles you support regarding crime.
  • Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
  • Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
  • Support hate crime legislation.
    Source: N. Y. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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