Frederica Wilson on Crime



Restore voting rights for felons

Her tenure in Tallahassee has been recognized both for her effectiveness and her ability to work across party lines. While others have merely spoken about bipartisanship, Senator Wilson has practiced it.

She joined with Governor Charlie Crist to achieve the restoration of voting rights for felons. Senator Wilson's legislative career has been one of significant accomplishment.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, fredericawilsonforcongress.com , Nov 2, 2010

Opposes the death penalty.

Wilson opposes the PVS survey question on the death penalty

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 16% did so in the 2010 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 10-PVS-q8 on Nov 2, 2010

Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators.

Wilson signed Pill Mill Crackdown Act

    The Pill Mill Crackdown Act of 2011: Amends the Controlled Substances Act to:
  1. double the term of imprisonment and triple the fine for the prohibited distribution of a schedule II or schedule III controlled substance by the operator of a pill mill,
  2. increase the penalties for such operator distribution of a controlled substance to a person under age 21 from twice to thrice the maximum punishment or term of supervised release authorized, and
  3. exclude such operator distribution from the applicability of provisions authorizing an alternative fine of not more than twice the gross profits or other proceeds derived by a defendant from a drug offense.
      Expresses the sense of Congress that such prohibited operator distribution is a violation for which certain property is subject to forfeiture.
      • Requires the proceeds from disposition of such property to be used for controlled substance monitoring programs in the states and for block grants to states for community mental health services and for prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
      • Changes the classification of specified quantities of dihydrocodeinone from a schedule III to a schedule II controlled substance.
      Source: H.R.1065 11-HR1065 on Mar 14, 2011

      Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs.

      Wilson co-sponsored Youth PROMISE Act

      Congressional Summary:Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act or the Youth Promise Act:

      • Establish a PROMISE Advisory Panel to assess and develop standards and evidence-based practices to prevent juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity.
      • Collect data to assess the needs and existing resources for juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention.
      • Implement PROMISE plans, developed by local PROMISE Coordinating Councils (PCCs), for coordinating and supporting the delivery of juvenile delinquency and gang prevention and intervention programs in local communities.
      • Establishes a National Research Center for Proven Juvenile Justice Practices to provide PCCs and the public with research and other information about evidence-based practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang prevention or intervention.
      • Awards grants to institutions of higher education to serve as regional research partners with PCCs that are located in the same geographic region as the educational institution.

      Opponent's argument against bill: (Dissenting views on

      Source: H.R.1318 13-H1318 on Mar 21, 2013

      Sponsored providing defense lawyers for all indigent defendants.

      Wilson co-sponsored House Resolution on court policy

        Congressional RESOLUTION supporting the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel.
      • WHEREAS on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court recognized in Gideon v. Wainwright that counsel must be provided to indigent defendants in all felony cases;
      • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held that providing counsel to indigent defendants in all felony cases meets the essential requirements of the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution; and
      • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held in Argersinger v. Hamlin that absent a knowing and intelligent waiver, no person may be imprisoned for any offense, whether classified as petty, misdemeanor, or felony, unless they were represented by counsel at their trial:
        Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives--
      1. supports the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel; and
      2. supports strategies to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that indigent defendants in all felony cases are ade
        Source: H.RES.196 13-HRes196 on May 3, 2013

        2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Crime: Frederica Wilson on other issues:
        FL Gubernatorial:
        Alexander Snitker
        Charlie Crist
        Jeb Bush
        Rick Scott
        FL Senatorial:
        Bill Nelson
        Marco Rubio

        Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
        AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
        FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
        FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
        IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
        LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
        MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
        MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
        NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
        NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
        SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

        Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
        AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
        FL-13:David Jolly(R)
        FL-19:Curt Clawson(R)
        IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
        LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
        MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
        MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
        NC-12: Pending Jul.15
        NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
        SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)
        Won primary 2014:
        GA-11:Barry Loudermilk(R)
        MA-6 :Richard Tisei(R)
        TX-4: John Ratcliffe(R)
        VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

        AL-6 :Gary Palmer(R)
        AR-4 :Bruce Westerman(R)
        CA-11:Mark DeSaulnier(R)
        CA-33:Ted Lieu(D)
        CA-35:Norma Torres(D)
        CA-45:Mimi Walters(R)
        CO-4 :Ken Buck(R)
        GA-1 :Buddy Carter(R)
        GA-10:Jody Hice(R)
        IA-1 :Pat Murphy(D)
        MI-4 :John Moolenaar(R)
        MI-12:Debbie Dingell(D)
        MI-14:Brenda Lawrence(D)
        MN-6 :Tom Emmer(R)
        NC-6 :Mark Walker(R)
        NC-7 :David Rouzer(R)
        NJ-12:Bonnie Watson Coleman(R)
        NY-4 :Kathleen Rice(D)
        OK-5 :Steve Russell(R)
        PA-13:Brendan Boyle(D)
        TX-36:Brian Babin(R)
        UT-4 :Mia Love(R)
        VA-8 :Don Beyer(D)

        Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
        AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
        CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
        GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
        GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
        GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
        HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
        IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
        LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
        MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
        MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
        OK-5: James Lankford(R)
        TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
        WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

        Former Reps running for House in 2014:
        CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
        CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
        HI-1: Charles Djou(R)
        IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
        IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
        KS-4: Todd Tiahrt(R)
        MI-4: Peter Konetchy(R)
        MI-14:Hansen Clarke(D)
        MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
        MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
        NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
        NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
        NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
        OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
        PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
        TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
        Lost primary 2014:
        GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
        MA-6: John Tierney(D)
        TX-4: Ralph Hall(R)
        VA-7: Eric Cantor(R)
        MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio(R)

        Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
        AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
        CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
        ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
        PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
        VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

        Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
        AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
        AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
        CA-11:George Miller(D)
        CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
        CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
        CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
        CA-45:John Campbell(R)
        IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
        MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
        MI-6: Tom Petri(R)
        MI-12:John Dingell(D)
        MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
        NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
        NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
        NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
        NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
        NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
        NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
        PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
        UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
        VA-8: James Moran(D)
        VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
        WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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