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Sharon Hansen on Crime

 


I don't know that stricter punishment reduces crime

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: I am not a criminal because I have no desire to be a criminal. I enjoy helping people and helping to make the lives of others better than they would be if they had not met me. I don't know that stricter punishment reduces crime. I know that not all crimes have equivalent punishments. Some people seem to get punishments that are more severe in relationship to their crime whereas others get a very light punishment for a similar crime. I think that stricter punishment for a lesser crime would tend to increase crime. If a criminal figures he's going to go to jail for the rest of his life, he may as well get his "money's worth" and be as bad as he wants. So I actually think the opposite is probably true although I have not done any research. If a criminal is in prison forever with no hope of ever getting out, he's going to do what he darn well pleases because he has nothing to gain and nothing to lose.

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Dec 9, 2013

Eliminate the police state we now live in

SWAT teams should not be used routinely. Innocent people are being killed by police because they got the wrong house and burst into a home in the middle of the night with a SWAT Team. Grandma thought it was burglars and tried to scare them off with her old nonworking pistol and she was killed. The stories are horrible. I will work to reduce and eliminate the police state we now live in.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website www.SharonHansenForUSSenate.org , Nov 20, 2013

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