State of Utah Archives: on Crime

Misty Snow: Why so many people in prison? Why so many minorities?

The United States has more people in prison than any other nation in the world, and the highest per-capita prison population in the world. We have more people in prison per capita than both China and Russia. Why, in the so-called "land of the free" do we have so many people in prison?

This trend is even more troubling when you look at the demographics of who is going to prison. African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, and trans* people are incarcerated disproportionately when compared to the nation's population as a whole. Minorities are also more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, charged, tried, convicted, incarcerated, or simply killed by police. These are very disturbing trends.

People shouldn't be profiled for their race, their ethnicity, their religion or their gender identity. People shouldn't feel like they are being targeted for walking, driving, boarding an airplane, or even shopping while they are black, brown, Muslim or Trans*.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Misty Snow: End private prisons; end profit in incarceration

We need to end private prisons. There should not be a profit motive behind incarcerating people. As prison populations increase, for-profit prisons make more money. This creates incentives to imprison as many people for as long as possible. Consequently, the prison industry lobbies our legislators to pass "tough on crime" laws that lead to longer sentences, often for non-violent offenses. All of this creates a criminal justice system that is based on profits rather than rehabilitation.

We need to seriously reform our justice system in this country. We need to change the way we train our police officers, and refocus our criminal justice system on rehabilitation.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Fully fund indigent defense; protect 6th Amendment rights

Utah is one of the few states in the country that delegates indigent defense funding to the counties, meaning many public defenders are overworked and unable to provide adequate defense. Our justice system depends on fair trials where both sides have access to an attorney, and Utah needs to do more to protect the 6th Amendment right to counsel. I will work to create a state-wide public defense agency, or a fairer funding mechanism, so smaller counties stop struggling to fund indigent defense.
Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Jon Huntsman: Supports death penalty but not necessarily expanding it

The House said anyone convicted of murdering a child under 14 should be eligible for the death penalty. The bill has been criticized by death-penalty opponents, who want Utah to join other states in restricting or eliminating capital punishment.

Maryland, N.J. and Washington are considering eliminating the death penalty or limiting its use. In the Utah House, this legislation passed, 72-0. Gov. Jon Huntsman supports the death penalty but has said he's not ready to take a position on expanding it

Source: Utah Valley Daily Herald, p. A8 Feb 6, 2007

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Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
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