State of Oregon Archives: on Crime


Kevin Stine: Give judges more leeway on sentencing

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: Strongly oppose. We need prison reform to reduce recidivism and give judges more power to determine prison lengths.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Bob Niemeyer: Death penalty is less cruel to families of victims

I ask the following question: What is the difference between "Life without the possibility of parole" and "Death by imprisonment"? Either way, the Government is taking away ALL of someone's life.And if you do not have the Guts to be a Responsible Representative of the People of Oregon, then get out of office.
Source: 2016 Oregon Gubernatorial campaign website, BobNiemeyer.com Oct 9, 2015

Jason Conger: Voted NO on reducing sentences for non-violent offenses

HB 3194: Reduces Prison Sentences for Certain Crimes (Bill Passed House, 40-18); Conger voted Nay
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative voting records Jun 27, 2013

Jim Huffman: Death penalty is too inaccurate to deserve support

It makes sense why some liberal bloggers are attacking the bow tie. Getting into the issues with Huffman could prove problematic. Huffman is the kind of Republican that a lot of independent Oregonians will be attracted to: He has supported the legal rights of gays and opposes the death penalty, saying it isn't applied with enough reliability or accuracy to deserve support.
Source: Elizabeth Hovde, columnist in The Oregonian Mar 6, 2010

Gordon Harold Smith: Stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists & child sex

On crime, Smith said his opponent has opposed stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists and child sex offenders. “When I look at Jeff Merkley’s stance on crime, I’m appalled,” he said.

Merkley responded, “Shame on you, Gordon Smith, for portraying that series of lies.” He said Smith took things he said or did out of context, and he affirmed that he has worked hard in the state Legislature to get better laws on the books to deal with criminals.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals

On crime, Smith said his opponent has opposed stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists and child sex offenders. “When I look at Jeff Merkley’s stance on crime, I’m appalled,” he said.

Merkley responded, “Shame on you, Gordon Smith, for portraying that series of lies.” He said Smith took things he said or did out of context, and he affirmed that he has worked hard in the state Legislature to get better laws on the books to deal with criminals.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Gordon Harold Smith: Supports use of federal death penalty

Source: Oregon Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders

Source: Oregon State Legislative Voting Records Apr 20, 2006

Jeff Merkley: Opposes the death penalty

Source: Oregon State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Jeff Merkley: Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration

Source: Oregon State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

John Kitzhaber: Oppose the death penalty

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

John Kitzhaber: End parole for repeat violent felons

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

Kate Brown: Supports community policing; opposes death penalty

Source: Oregon Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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