State of Delaware Archives: on Crime

Lisa Blunt Rochester: Systemic problems in judicial system affect people of color

Public Safety: "At the end of the day, making sure our families are safe is the most important job we can do."--Lisa Blunt Rochester

I still remember the day that I jumped into my car, in my pajamas, when my son called and told me he had been pulled over. For far too many mothers like me, our strong need and desire to have the safest streets possible is complicated by the reality that, unfortunately, systemic problems exist within our judicial system that disproportionately affect people of color.

Source: 2016 Delaware House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

John Carney: Rehabilitating offenders is key to safer communities

Like everyone, John wants to make sure we are keeping dangerous criminals off our streets. But he also knows that rehabilitating offenders and helping them become employed and productive members of society are the keys to safer communities. Even more important is preventing our young people from turning to a life of crime in the first place. As governor, he will work to:
Source: 2016 Delaware Gubernatorial campaign website, Sep 9, 2016

Colin Bonini: Apply "hate crime" to police and firefighters

Original Synopsis: This Act would add an additional criminal penalty if the offense committed was due to the victim being a law-enforcement officer, a volunteer firefighter, a full-time firefighter, emergency medical technician, paramedic, fire police officer, fire marshal, correctional officer, a sheriff, a deputy sheriff, public transit operator, a code enforcement constable or a code enforcement officer. Existing Act defines hate crime as applying only to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Legislative outcome:Bonini was Primary Sponsor for SB 263; bill died in Committee without a vote.

Source: Delaware legislative voting records: SB 263 Jun 7, 2016

Jack Markell: Increase services for prisoners to reduce recidivism

Through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, we've given courts risk assessment tools to help determine whether a defendant can remain in the community while awaiting trial. And we have supported community-based supervision programs as effective alternatives to incarceration for lower-risk offenders. More than 95% of offenders will eventually leave prison. That's why we have begun to implement a more just and cost-effective criminal justice system that provides treatment and job training to prepare inmates to contribute to our state when released.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature Jan 21, 2016

Jack Markell: Make it easier for felons to vote

Right now, a person with a felony conviction can vote as soon as his or her probation is complete, but only if he or she has paid all fines and fees. People should pay up, but their ability to participate in democracy should not depend on their ability to pay. Let's join the more than 40 other states that have no financial bar to exercising the most American of rights, the right to vote.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature Jan 21, 2016

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