Michael Cavlan on Crime
A: I strongly oppose the death penalty. 1) It�s irreversible. Many have died because our justice system is flawed. 2) It�s those who cannot afford to use the justice system in the same ways people do who can afford it that are on death row. 3) What is the point of doing to a person the same thing he/she has done? It�s much the same thing and certainly doesn�t teach and nurture nonviolence.
A: Oppose. There is little difference made between violent and nonviolent offenses, drug possession offenses and drug distribution offenses and many others. So that too often people are incarcerated for life for relatively minor offenses. This is not justice.
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Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:
Announced retirement as of 2010:
Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
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