State of Idaho Archives: on Crime

Raul Labrador: Supports bipartisan criminal justice reform

Mandatory minimum sentences treat all offenders the same, forcing judges to impose unfair penalties on first-time nonviolent drug offenders. All too often, these young people leave prison schooled by violent criminals. While some opponents believe reform will lead to more crime, I think the opposite is true. We must be tough on those who deserve the harshest sentences, but smart in dealing with those who deserve a second chance.
Source: Q&A on 2018 Idaho gubernatorial race Feb 1, 2015

Butch Otter: $70M for secure mental health facility at state prison

More than a quarter of the inmates in our State prison system have some level of mental illness. Many can be housed safely within appropriate settings in our existing facilities. But others need higher levels of care, more treatment and more intensive intervention for their own safety and that of others. That's why I support the Department of Correction's request for permission to issue $70 million in bonds for a 579-bed secure mental health facility at the prison complex south of Boise.
Source: Idaho 2013 State of the State Address Jan 7, 2013

Butch Otter: Improve offender assessment to reduce inmate population

Let's talk for a minute about some of what our State government is doing to avoid wasting the people's labors. At the Department of Correction, the Parole Commission has improved offender assessment and placement and are making better use of retained-jurisdiction programs. That's saving $32 million and holding our inmate population more than 1,500 below projections.
Source: Idaho 2011 State of the State and Budget Address Jan 10, 2011

Tom Sullivan: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Tom Sullivan: No mandatory prison for drugs; reduced for non-violence

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: No.

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Brad Little: Supports death penalty

Source: 2004 Idaho Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Dirk Kempthorne: No new prisons; warehousing people is not the solution

Based on the fact that our prison population is growing at its current rate, I have received a recommendation that we should begin a construction program of a new prison every two years for the foreseeable future. But I concluded that if simply warehousing people is our solution, then we as a society have failed. Therefore, I do not recommend the construction of a new men’s prison in this budget. I do, however, recommend that additional beds be constructed.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

Dirk Kempthorne: Drug treatment & education opportunities for inmates

For those inmates who need long-term substance abuse treatment, we can offer it to only 30% of the prison population. I propose that we increase that treatment to 80%. We’re going to deal with the problem of substance abuse in the prison population, and stop the revolving door of returning inmates.

In addition to treatment, I am adding a significant component toward education programs in our prison facilities. If people are going to spend time in our prison system, we’re going to provide the educational tools to help them help themselves and become more productive members of society before they are released.

We have a captive audience. Let’s remember, treatment need not be voluntary to be successful. If they have a substance abuse problem, we’re going to help them deal with that problem. If they understand the value of improving their life through education, we’re going to help them. If you successfully treat a substance abuser, you can reduce your recidivism rate by 30 percent.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

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