Karyn Polito on Crime
Eleventh Worcester Republican (MA State Rep)
Leading advocate for the passage of "Jessica's Law"
In her time on Beacon Hill, Karyn was a leading advocate for the passage of "Jessica's Law," a bill which would establish tough mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders. Her advocacy paid off in 2008, when she worked with her
Democratic colleagues to pass tougher sentencing legislation and require District Attorneys to file more comprehensive reports about child sex offenses in Massachusetts.
Karyn also believes strongly in giving back to the community. Her first major legislative initiative in 2003 was to file legislation allowing for the issuance of special license plates with the Red Sox and Jimmy Fund insignias.
Since that bill was passed, the Red Sox special-issued license plates have raised more than $7,000,000 to date for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Red Sox Foundation.
Source: 2014 MA Lt. Governor campaign website, KarynPolitoForLG.com
, Aug 31, 2014
Voted YES on reinstating capital punishment
Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part X: SAFETY AND CRIME: Clause 3: Death penalty. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].
The Governor recommended legislation reinstating capital punishment in the Commonwealth.
A vote of YES would include the Governor's recommended bill, and would reinstate the death penalty for certain crimes, and with numerous safeguards against abuse. The crimes included: terrorism; killing police officers; torture; or murder-sprees.
The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part X, clause 3: SAFETY, JUSTICE AND CRIME PREVENTION: In opposing the reinstatement of the death penalty, Massachusetts Democrats join with other western democracies in upholding the
Universal Doctrine of Human Rights. Instead, the Commonwealth imposes life in prison without parole for first-degree murderers.
Bill H. 3834 ; vote number H302
Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org
, Nov 15, 2005
Opposed funding Mass Correctional Legal Services
Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VI: Safety & Justice:Legal Services. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Line Item 0321-2100, $500,000 for the Massachusetts
Correctional Legal Services (MCLS). MCLS provides the only legal aid to indigent incarcerated individuals.
Relevant platform section: PART VI: SAFETY, JUSTICE & CRIME PREVENTION
Legal Services: "We support publicly funded legal services to provide legal representation and advice on issues such as housing, employment, domestic violence, health, elder law, public benefits, and immigration.
We urge full state and federal funding of such services."
Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 258
Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org
, Jul 14, 2003
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