Jesse Ventura on Crime
Former Independent MN Governor
Three Strikes would work fine if it put people away for three violent felonies. But itís a stupid waste of taxpayersí money otherwise. Plus, it causes a backup in our court system, because nobody who gets caught a third time wants to plead guilty and face certain life in prison. Legislators love tough-sounding programs like Three Strikes; unfortunately, it makes them look good at campaign time, but it causes us more problems afterwards.
As governor, there isnít a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime. Law enforcement is really a local issue. Itís the copsí job to tighten down on criminals.
Politicians always like to say ďIím gonna fight crime!Ē because it makes them sound great and gets them votes. But what can a politician do to fight crime?
Why, for example, do we let criminals out for good behavior? I think they should set it up so that if your sentence is three years and you misbehave, youíll do five! Thatís the mind-set we need.
We donít have it here in Minnesota, thank God, and I wonít advocate to get it. But I will advocate to make life in prison mean life. I donít think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. Thereís always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.
Note: After taking office, Gov. Ventura changed his mind on the death penalty. Extradition orders are frequently signed by the Governor. As he began signing these orders, Gov. Ventura began to think about how he could just as easily be signing orders to commute the death penalty. Then he noted how often it seems to occur that a person originally found guilty is later proven to be innocent, especially with DNA evidence. He noted that you cannot undo the mistake if an innocent person is put to death. He now opposes the death penalty. He continues to believe that a life sentence should mean that the convict will spend the rest of his or her life in prison with no possibility of parole.
A: Yes. We need to find a happy medium between rehabilitation and punishment. Our prisons should not be a place where anyone is happy to go to. No one should feel there is a reward for criminal behavior. On the other hand, if an inmate truly wants to be rehabilitated and change their ways, we should make it possible for that to happen.
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