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Jeff Merkley on Crime

Democratic Jr Senator (OR)


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 Oregon Mail Tribune , Oct 14, 2008

More state troopers; more crime labs; more funding

Keeping our families and our children safe is our No. 1 priority. Since I first ran for the Oregon House 10 years ago, crime issues have been a top priority because of significant public safety issues.

As Speaker of the House, I fought to keep sex offenders away from our kids by making it illegal to lure children over the Internet. I led the charge to add 139 state troopers to keep patrols on Oregon highways 24/7. I fought to fund the expansion of the state DNA crime lab in order to erase the backlog and keep the justice system on track.

We can only expect law enforcement to effectively protect our communities is if we give them the financial support they need. Instead of forcing our highly capable law enforcement officers to do more with less, our proposal will add 50,000 more police officers on America’s streets to stem the tide of violent crime.

Source: Op-Ed by Jeff Merkley in The Gresham Outlook , Jul 26, 2008

Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders

Source: Oregon State Legislative Voting Records , Apr 20, 2006

Opposes the death penalty

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

Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration

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

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