State of Maine Archives: on Crime

Janet Mills: Expand personnel to fight crime in courtrooms and computers

Our budget bolsters public safety: By beefing up security in courtrooms. By authorizing fifteen additional state troopers and sergeants to ensure a 24-hour police presence statewide, including in all rural areas. By adding seven positions to the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit. There can be no more important purpose of government than to protect our children from violent predators. We will continue to work with community groups to combat the scourge of domestic violence.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Maine legislature Feb 11, 2019

Shawn Moody: Law enforcement needs all the right tools to catch criminals

FIGHTING VIOLENT CRIME. Ensure law enforcement has the resources they need to catch the criminals--including strengthening our criminal code for addictive opioid drug trafficking and tools to track the traffickers.
Source: 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race website Sep 1, 2018

Chris Lyons: Stricter punishment doesn't reduce crime

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maine Senate candidate Mar 6, 2018

Eric Brakey: Being pro-life is why I oppose the death penalty

Since Senator Brakey is a Liberty Republican I found it imperative to get a specific answer on the issue of abortion. Many small government advocates split when it comes to believing in using the government to prevent abortion. He retorted with a very unique stance on pro-life ethics. "I am Pro-Life. For me however, I am someone who operates on the basis of principles, not necessarily issue by issue. I am Pro-Life in principle, and certainly I apply that to the issue of abortion." he went further, and explained where many Pro-Life movement falls short. "For me being Pro-Life is not just about abortion, being Pro-Life is also why I oppose the death penalty."
Source: Cecc Point News on 2018 Maine Senate race Oct 3, 2017

Mary Mayhew: imprisonment for life as a deterrent to crime

LePage, and his welfare protege Mary Mayhew, have adopted the foolish and cruel position that poverty and crime can be eliminated by tightening the clenched fist. In their minds, cutting off funding for the poor and throwing drug offenders into prison for life will scare society's ills away. People will stop choosing to be poor, sick or criminal if they are left to fend for themselves or fear incarceration, and instead they will choose to be healthy, productive members of society.
Source: Bangor Daily News on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race Sep 18, 2017

Eliot Cutler: Assure support services for victims of domestic violence

Source: 2014 Maine gubernatorial campaign website Sep 1, 2014

Paul LePage: Victim's Compensation Fund to address domestic violence

Last session, we put politics aside and worked together to address domestic violence in Maine. We amended Maine's bail code, ensuring that judges determine the bail for domestic violence offenses. We required abusers to pay into the Victim's Compensation Fund. This provides financial resources to the victims and families of domestic abuse.

A number of other bills dealing with stalking and risk assessment were passed, and executive orders signed. We sponsored a Governor's Bill supporting our Batterers' Intervention Programs.

Ending domestic violence requires abusers to change--batterers' intervention is an important step in that direction. As a youth, domestic violence hit close to home for me. I was not a spouse, I was a child. It is important that we broaden the discussion about these heinous crimes. Domestic violence is a crime that affects families. Family violence is domestic violence, and we need to focus on protecting all women and children.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Maine Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail for drug crimes; penalties for online crimes

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Charlie Summers: Supports the federal death penalty

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

John Baldacci: End parole for repeat violent offenders

Source: 2006 Maine Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Cynthia Dill: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders

Source: Maine 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Matt Dunlap: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders

Source: Maine Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Angus King: Opposes the death penalty

Source: Maine Governor 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Angus King: More prisons, but more alternative sentencing

Source: Maine Governor 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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