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Mike Johanns on Crime

Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor


Juvenile justice package: more funding; more coordination

    I propose a comprehensive juvenile justice reform package that addresses priority needs.
  1. Enact a “gatekeeper” structure to coordinate juveniles’ entry into the State system.
  2. Fund an initiative that will expand the array of services available within the State juvenile system. This measure will alleviate overcrowding by doubling the number of substance abuse treatment beds for juveniles and allow the development of mental health programming and aftercare services.
  3. Create a new aid formula to provide funds directly to counties for development of community-based programs for juvenile delinquents.
  4. Funding to replace expired federal grant dollars so that current substance abuse treatment programs at both Kearney and Geneva can be sustained.
  5. Transfer the existing Department of Correctional Services facility to the Office of Juvenile Services for use as both a Level 5 secure youth treatment facility and as a site for development of a sex offender treatment program.
Source: State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature Jan 11, 2001

Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs.

Johanns adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

NGA’s Position

Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA10 on Sep 14, 2001

Zero tolerance for violence against government employees.

Johanns signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:

    BACKGROUND
  1. America’s communities, schools and workplaces are the building blocks of our peaceful and productive society.
  2. It is the obligation of governments to ensure citizens and visitors in our nation are protected from violence and do not feel threatened by it.
  3. Employees of the federal, state and local governments, including public land managers, are sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to faithfully discharge the duties of their offices. Government employees are working men and women with families who, as our neighbors, contribute to the communities in which they live.
    GOVERNORS’ POLICY STATEMENT
  1. Western Governors unequivocally endorse a zero tolerance for violence throughout our society. We support the use of all legal authority to prevent violence.
  2. Western Governors unequivocally endorse a zero tolerance for violence directed specifically against government employees. The Western Governors express their appreciation for all of the contributions that government employees have made and continue to make to the states and communities in which they live.
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 07: Zero Tolerance for Violence 01-WGA07 on Aug 14, 2001

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