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Sarah Palin on Crime

Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President


Establish “FBI Day” to support fighting global crime

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “FBI Day” , Jun 12, 2008

Register sex offenders; & investigate internet sex crimes

Gov. Palin today signed Senate Bill 265 into law. During the legislative session, several crime bills, including the Governor’s crime bill, were rolled into SB 265. SB 265 bars convicted sex offenders from receiving a permanent fund dividend [Alaska stat tax rebate] if they fail to keep their information current on the state Sex Offender Registry, [among other changes] to the criminal codes.

“I thank legislators who helped craft this comprehensive approach to strengthening public safety,” Governor Palin said. “These are good steps toward sound public safety policy. We must continue to meet the needs of law enforcement and the judicial system to keep our citizens safe.” Senate Bill 265 also:

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release, “Crime Bill” , Jun 5, 2008

Victims’ rights are critical to “justice for all”

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Crime Victims” , Mar 18, 2008

We are tough on crime and beefing up law enforcement

In Public Safety and Corrections, after years of positions left vacant, we’ve doubled academy recruits. We’re building public trust by demanding the highest standards of those in public safety. We’re implementing realistic plans to deal with overcrowded prisons, including rehabilitation and work requirements for the 95 percent of inmates who will re-enter society instead of just “warehousing” them. In Law, we are getting tough on criminals with tougher, defensible sentences. It was a clean sweep for convictions in the Cold Case Unit. Our Civil Division is managing hundreds of legal battles to protect Alaskans’ interests. I commend Law for last year’s needed, comprehensive ethics bill. In Military and Veterans Affairs, we certified hundreds of territorial guardsmen, so those who served finally receive their benefits. We are proudly supporting our brave Alaska Guard as they provide daily search and rescue in our State, and support the War on Terror.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to 25th Alaska Legislature , Jan 15, 2008

Collect DNA samples from felons

The governor today signed House Bill 90, the Omnibus Crime Bill, which strengthens laws dealing with violent offenders, sexual predators, prostitution, people who witness a violent crime and fail to report it, and people who have been ordered not to consume alcohol. The bill also allows police in Alaska to collect a DNA sample from adults arrested for a felony or a crime against another person.
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 07-156, “Signing” , Jun 25, 2007

Gang members on probation must wear electronic monitors

The governor today signed House Bill 133, which requires people who are convicted of violent, gang-related crimes to wear electronic monitoring devices as a condition of their probation. This will allow law enforcement officials to monitor the movement of violent offenders and supervise their activity.
Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 07-156, “Signing” , Jun 25, 2007

Maximum sentence for first-degree murder by police

Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 45, the Sonya Ivanoff Act. SB 45 mandates the maximum sentence for first-degree murder when committed by an on-duty peace officer.

Sonya Ivanoff, 19, was murdered in 2003, by a Nome Police officer. Matthew Owens was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. His case is currently on appeal.

Governor Palin was joined at the bill signing ceremony by Sonya’s parents and siblings. “The inappropriate actions of Matthew Owens cloud the focus and the image of our brave men and women whom have all sworn to protect and serve,” said Governor Palin. “We must work with all our communities in a trusting partnership to ensure that every citizen feels safe, and is treated fairly and with respect.”

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release, “SB45, Sonya” , Apr 27, 2007

If legislature passed death penalty law, I would sign it

I support adequate funding for a strong public safety presence in Alaska. Feeling safe in our communities is something we cannot accept any compromise on. This includes policing in all its forms, the court system, prosecutors and corrections. If the legislature passed a death penalty law, I would sign it. We have a right to know that someone who rapes and murders a child or kills an innocent person in a drive by shooting will never be able to do that again.
Source: Campaign website, www.palinforgovernor.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Strong public safety presence, via police, courts & prisons

PUBLIC SAFETY: I support adequate funding for a strong public safety presence in Alaska. Feeling safe in our communities is something we cannot accept any compromise on. This includes policing in all its forms, the court system, prosecutors and corrections. If the legislature passed a death penalty law, I would sign it. We have a right to know that someone who rapes and murders a child or kills an innocent person in a drive by shooting will never be able to do that again.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska , Nov 3, 2006

Death penalty for adults who murder children

Q: Would you introduce--or, if introduced by a legislator, would you support--a bill to adopt the death penalty in Alaska? If yes, which crimes should it apply to?

A: If the Legislature were to pass a bill that established a death penalty on adults who murder children, I would sign it.

Source: Anchorage Daily News: 2006 gubernatorial candidate profile , Oct 22, 2006

No special hate-crime laws; all heinous crime is hate-based

Q: Will you support an effort to expand hate-crime laws?

A: No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate.

Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire , Jul 31, 2006

No expansion of gambling in Alaska

Q: Do you support the expansion of gambling in Alaska?

A: No, in so many cases, gambling has shown ill effects on families and as Governor I would not propose expansion legislation.

Q: Would you sign any bills that expand gaming in our state?

A: No.

Source: Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire , Jul 31, 2006

Other governors on Crime: Sarah Palin on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Sean Parnell
AK Senatorial:
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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