State of Kansas Archives: on Crime
Backed the honorable men and women in law enforcement
As Kansas' attorney general and chief law enforcement officer, Derek has made it his mission to serve and protect Kansas citizens--especially the most vulnerable. He's stopped scam artists and abusers from preying on seniors,
prosecuted crimes against children, and backed the honorable men and women in law enforcement. He has recovered record-setting amounts of money for Kansas consumers and taxpayers, and has stood strong against federal overreach.
Source: 2021 Kansas Governor campaign website SchmidtForKansas.com
May 23, 2021
Racism is wrong, but condemn defunding the police
Q: Is racism a threat to domestic security?
A: Any act of racism is wrong, and violent acts of racism are certainly threats to potential victims. I stand against racism in any form, and pray that our country can heal the racial and socioeconomic
wounds that divide us. I was proud to support the first major criminal justice reform bill in a generation, and support Pres. Trump's executive order that will improve policing. I condemn the violent riots and Democrats' effort to defund the police.
Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Kansas Senate race
Nov 3, 2020
Supports the Justice in Policing Act
Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?
Barbara Bollier: Yes. Supports the Justice in Policing Act. Against defunding police but supports reforms to "help end inequities in our systems that harm communities of color."
Roger Marshall: No. "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that the police have everything that they need to protect property and life."
Source: CampusElect on 2020 Kansas Senate race
Oct 10, 2020
Protests okay, but we have to be a land of law and order
Certainly I'm in favor of peaceful protest: it's our constitutional right to do that, but we have to be a land of law and order, we have to protect people's lives and property, and looting and rioting and vandalism is wrong, so whatever we need to do
to calm the riots needs to happen. If we need to call up the National Guard, let's call them out, but so far--Kansas? Pretty stable [on Black Lives Matter]. I know we had a couple of little flare ups but I think we're going in the right direction.
Source: The Pittsburg Morning Sun on 2020 Kansas Senate race
Jun 4, 2020
Clean up gang activity; target child sex offenders
As the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, Barry Grissom worked with law enforcement and civil rights advocates to improve community relations, founded Kansas's first Human Trafficking Working Group, helped clean up gang activity, oversaw
Kansas's Project Safe Childhood program targeting child sex offenders and led the charge among federal authorities to break up a dogfighting ring responsible for capturing and abusing over 400 pit bulls.
Source: KWCH TV-12-CBS on 2020 Kansas Senate race
Oct 17, 2019
Caitlin's Law: strengthen penalties for repeat DUI offenders
Governor Jeff Colyer today signed HB 2439, also known as "Caitlin's Law" into law, joined by members of the Vogel family. The legislation is named for Caitlin Vogel who was tragically killed in 2016 by a repeat offender drunk driver in Johnson County.
"What happened to Caitlin was a terrible but preventable tragedy and we must do whatever we can as a government to try and prevent such deaths from happening in the future" said Governor Colyer.
The bill, which passed both legislative chambers unanimously, strengthens penalties for repeat DUI offenders who kill or seriously injure others.
Passed House, 122-0-3 on Jan 26, 2018; passed Senate, 39-0-1 on Feb 21, 2018; signed into Law by Gov. Colyer, Mar 9, 2018
Source: Press release on Kansas legislative voting record HB 2439
Mar 9, 2018
Ensure safety with adequate funding and staffing
Adequate staffing of our prisons is essential to the effectiveness of our criminal justice system. Our courts must have the resources to dispense justice in a fair and timely manner.
Our Highway Patrol must be properly staffed to meet the expectations of our traveling public. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation needs critical resources to support local law enforcement in criminal investigations.
Source: 2018 Kansas Gubernatorial website BrewerForKansas.com2018 K
Sep 15, 2017
Strongly opposes stricter punishment to reduce crime
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?
A: Strongly Oppose.
Source: Email interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues
Sep 19, 2014
Eliminate mandatory minimums; balance with rehabilitation
Jails/Prisons: In our jails and prisons new directives are a must. Equilibrium is necessary between rehabilitation, retribution, skill training, and discipline within the penal system.
Abuse of inmates shall not be tolerated. In judicial sentencing guidelines, elimination of mandatory minimums is necessary.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign site batson4senate.weebly.com
Aug 31, 2014
Supports death penalty and mandatory minimums
Kobach supports the following principles regarding crime.
Source: 2004 Kansas Congressional National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2004
- Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
- Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
- Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
- Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Page last updated: Oct 13, 2021