State of Ohio Archives: on Crime


P.G. Sittenfeld: Mandatory minimum sentencing causes black mass incarceration

The problem of institutional racism is real. It must be addressed. And public officials need to acknowledge that not every problem in our inner cities is related to economics. Take the problem of mass incarceration, for example.

That America has less than 5% of the world's population--but 25% of the world's total prison population--is both shocking and disgraceful. At a time when crime has fallen to historic lows all across the nation, it is outrageous that nearly a third of all black males will spend at least part of their lives in prison.

Over-incarceration does little to reduce crime. But it does a lot to destroy families, burden taxpayers, and increase joblessness. Right now, 1 out of every 28 children has a parent in prison. Taxpayers spend about $80 billion a year to keep them there.

[We should] rethink arbitrary, mandatory minimum sentencing, especially for low-level, non-violent offenses that are more effectively--and more cheaply--handled through probation and diversion programs

Source: 2016 Ohio Senate race: Center of Hope Baptist Church speech Aug 9, 2015

Michael Pryce: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: Yes.

Source: Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Michael Pryce: No reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders

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: No.

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: Yes.

Source: Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Eric Deaton: Being pro-life, I believe in very limited capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes. Being pro-life, I believe in very limited capital punishment, but when the rights and privileges of life are forfeited through heinous crimes where there is no doubt of guilt, let them die.

Source: Ohio Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Aug 11, 2010

Lee Fisher: Created Ohio's first DNA database

Lee has consistently supported measures to strengthen local law enforcement and when elected to the US Senate, he will fight to fully fund the community-oriented policing program and local law enforcement block grant programs.
  • In the early 1990s, Lee worked with leaders of both political parties to assist law enforcement by initiating the creation of Ohio's first DNA database. The database consisted of samples from violent felons, unknown offenders and unidentified victims, and was made available to local and federal law enforcement as a tool for tracking down perpetrators of new crimes.
  • President Bill Clinton named Lee Fisher as Chair of The National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control, a Commission created to develop a comprehensive proposal for preventing & controlling crime and violence in the US. Unfortunately, the Commission was never funded by Congress, but his appointment by the President was a further demonstration of Lee's national reputation as a proven crime-fighter.
    Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

    Steven Driehaus: Moratorium on the death penalty

    Source: 2000 Ohio National Political Awareness Test Nov 4, 2008

    Josh Mandel: Voted YES on lethal force against home intruders

    Mandel voted YES on SB 184, "Lethal Force Against Intruders". The bill passed the House, 73-23. Summary:
    Source: Ohio Senate Bill SB 184 summary May 28, 2008

    Eric Fingerhut: Support death penalty; ban racial profiling

    Source: Ohio Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 5, 2002

    Eric Fingerhut: No parole for repeat offenders

    Source: Ohio Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 5, 2002

    Joyce Beatty: Moratorium on the death penalty

    Source: Ohio Legislative 2000 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

    Joyce Beatty: End parole for repeat violent offenders

    Source: Ohio Legislative 2000 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

    Charlie Wilson: Supports alternative sentencing & rehabilitation

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

    Lee Fisher: Expand the use of the death penalty

    Source: Ohio Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

    Lee Fisher: More prisons; less parole for repeat violent felons

    Source: Ohio Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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