State of Wisconsin Archives: on Crime


Bernie Sanders: We need fundamental police reform

CLINTON: We have to restore policing that will actually protect the communities that police officers are sworn to protect. But, I would also add this. There are other racial discrepancies. Really systemic racism in this state, as in others, education, in employment, in the kinds of factors that too often lead from a position where young people, particularly young men, are pushed out of school early, are denied employment opportunities. So, when we talk about criminal justice reform and ending the era of mass incarceration, we also have to talk about jobs, education, housing, and other ways of helping communities.

SANDERS: We need fundamental police reform. I would hope that we could all agree that we are sick and tired of seeing videos on television of unarmed people, often African-Americans, shot by police officers.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders: By 2020, I pledge to have fewer people in jail than China

Where we are failing is in the very high rate of recidivism we see. People are being released from jail without the education, without the job training, without the resources they need to get their lives together, then they end up back in jail. When we have more people in jail, disproportionately African American and Latino, than China does, a communist authoritarian society four times our size. At the end of my first term as president we will not have more people in jail than any other country
Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Whites & blacks smoke pot equally, but blacks go to jail

What we have to do is end over-policing in African- American neighborhoods. The African-American community and the white community do marijuana at about equal rates. The reality is four times as many blacks get arrested for marijuana. Far more blacks get stopped for traffic violations. We need fundamental police reform when we talk about a criminal justice system. What we have got to do is make it clear that any police officer who breaks the law will be held accountable.
Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Glenn Grothman: Community notification when sex offenders become residents

Source: 2014 Wisconsin House campaign website, GlennGrothman.com May 31, 2014

Mark Neumann: Death penalty for terrorism convicts

Question 13. Should those convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack in the United States regardless of country or origin be given a death penalty?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Death penalty for terrorism convicts

Question 13. Should those convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack in the United States regardless of country or origin be given a death penalty?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tom Barrett: My police department arrests felons instead of hiring them

In the final debate between the two candidates, Barrett accused Walker of dirty tactics for airing a crime-themed ad he compared to the notorious "Willie Horton" spot--and then he all but called Walker a crook: "I have a police department that arrests felons," Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, said in the debate's most charged exchange. "He has a practice of hiring them" [referring to the John Doe scandal].

The ad in question, being aired by Walker's campaign, opens with the blurred face of a 2-year- old who died after being hospitalized for child abuse. "But Tom Barrett's police department didn't consider it a violent crime," the narrator intones, going on to conclude that Barrett "isn't telling the truth."

The Milwaukee police department failed to correctly report many violent crimes, making the city's crime statistics look better than they actually were. But Barrett contends that the ad's emotionally charged imagery all but accuses him of killing a small child.

Source: The Atlantic on 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall debate Jun 5, 2002

Tommy Thompson: Zero tolerance approach to crime

Gov. Thompson believes the most fundamental responsibility of government is to provide a safe environment for its citizens to live, work and play. Therefore, the governor takes a zero tolerance approach to crime. The governor is dedicated to making sure Wisconsin remains a safe haven for its citizens and visitors.

1999 crime statistics indicate state residents are enjoying the lowest total of index crimes in 26 years (index crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault).

Source: Wisconsin Governor’s web site Dec 25, 2000

Tommy Thompson: Truth in Sentencing, no exceptions

Gov. Thompson eliminated the charade of parole and mandatory release, imposing a new program called Truth in Sentencing.

The program is as straightforward as it sounds: a criminal will serve 100 percent of his or her sentence. No exceptions. No excuses. From now on, when a judge hands down a 20-year sentence, the criminal will serve 20 years behind bars. “We are weighting the scales of justice back in favor of the law-abiding citizens of Wisconsin,” Gov. Thompson said. Judges will now hand down two sentences: a prison sentence and an extended supervision sentence. The extended supervision sentence must be at least 25 percent of the prison sentence. Therefore, on a 20-year prison sentence, the criminal must spend at least five years under extended supervision after serving his sentence.

Source: Wisconsin Governor’s web site Dec 25, 2000

Tommy Thompson: Life means life, no possibility of parole

Gov. Thompson also eliminates time off for good behavior and replaces it with more time for bad behavior. Prison officials can now extend a disruptive prisoner’s time behind bars as well as transfer a prisoner to a more secure and strict prison.

The governor created a “life means life” law that allows judges to sentence murderers to prison without the possibility of parole.

Source: Wisconsin Governor’s web site Dec 25, 2000

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2016 Presidential contenders on Crime:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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