Tom Birmingham on Crime

Former State Senate President; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

Include sexual orientation as basis for hate crimes

The state’s hate crimes statute was amended to include sexual orientation. When that provision became law we sent the message that when prejudice and intolerance about sexual preference are involved in a criminal activity, the judicial system can send a strong signal back about what we as a society refuse to tolerate.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Require police ticketing records, to fight racial profiling

“We must be vigilant so that our laws are enforced equally and fairly,” said Tom about his support for the law that requires the police to record the race and gender of the individuals whom they ticket. The racial profiling legislation will provide citizens and law enforcement with valuable information to further the goal of equitable public safety in Massachusetts.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

$21 million for community policing

Tom led the way in establishing an effective, proactive community policing program that now has an annual budget of almost $21 million and puts police officers on the beat in hundreds of Massachusetts cities and towns. Building strong, positive links between law enforcement and citizens provides us with safer places in which to raise families, go to work and enjoy a sense of community.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Strengthen the arrest warrant system

Based on the reporting of the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee, the Senate forged ahead to outline and address a clear problem with the state’s arrest warrant system. The proposal, which became law, gives law enforcement a number of ways to pursue those who flout the judicial system by ignoring court warrants. “We identified problems in the system, listened to those who work to protect public safety, and proposed a focused solution,” said Birmingham.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

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AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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