State of Oklahoma Archives: on Crime
Supports the death penalty, but only for horrific crimes
Q: Do you support the death penalty?
Mike Workman: Yes, but only for horrific crimes with undeniable evidence
Source: iSideWith.com voter guide on 2016 Oklahoma Senate race
Aug 31, 2016
Jurors have ability to impartially apply death penalty
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 to uphold the Oklahoma death sentence of Scott Eizember, who went on a deadly crime spree in 2003.
Eizember was sentenced to be executed for the bludgeoning death of A.J. Cantrell, 76, and to 150 years
in prison in the shotgun slaying of Patsy Cantrell, 70, at their Depew home. "Scott Eizember left a Tulsa jail intent on settling a score," Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Denver-based appeals court wrote in a 34-page decision. "He was upset with his
ex-girlfriend, Kathy Biggs, because she had tipped off authorities about his violation of a protective order." Eizember had broken into the Cantrells' home to watch and wait for his ex-girlfriend to return to her mother's house across the street.
One judge on a three-judge panel said the death sentence should be overturned. In a 30-page dissenting opinion, the Chief Judge wrote that one juror's views in favor of the death penalty raise doubts about her ability to be fair and impartial.
Source: The Oklahoman on death penalty appeal
Sep 15, 2015
Aggressive sentencing reform, and abolish death penalty
The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has announced the election of its new Board Chair, former Oklahoma State Senator and candidate Constance Johnson.
Johnson recently retired after 33-years in the State Senate, representing
Oklahoma City's predominantly African American "Eastside," where she pursued a game-changing focus on health/mental health/human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women,
children, and people with disabilities. Johnson contends her aggressive proposals on sentencing reform and abolishing the death penalty are beginning to gain traction in Oklahoma's conservative climate.
Johnson's advocacy grew out of her Master's Thesis on Women and Incarceration in Oklahoma, which is reflective of the high cost and impact on the state's budget.
Source: City Sentinel coverage of 2016 Oklahoma Senate race
May 21, 2015
Supports death penalty even after botched lethal injection
She also has given strong support to the death penalty, even in the wake of the April 29 botched lethal injection of death row inmate Clayton Lockett.
Fallin ordered her secretary of safety and security to conduct an independent investigation into the execution, but has said Lockett's death sentence was lawfully carried out and that "justice was served."
Source: Greenfield Reporter on 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
Jun 18, 2014
2011: OK to experiment with drugs used in lethal injection
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Oklahoma has the highest number of executions per capita in the country. Fallin laid the groundwork for this week's debacle [of a botched execution] in 2011 by signing into legislation that enabled
Oklahoma to experiment with the drugs used in lethal injection and to keep the details secret.
In April, when the State Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on the execution of Clayton Lockett, citing concerns about the constitutionality of that law,
Fallin decided to ignore it. The Supreme Court's "attempted stay of execution is outside the constitutional authority of that body," she declared. "I cannot give effect to the order by that honorable court." (The Court eventually reached a different
conclusion on its own, it said.)
"You have a political figure who unnecessarily rushed forward an execution, under the veil of secrecy, that led to the torture of an individual at the hands of the state of Oklahoma," [one opponent said].
Source: MSNBC coverage of 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
May 1, 2014
Be as "smart on crime" as we are "tough on crime"
For non-violent offenders in our prison population, we are working hard to offer treatment and rehabilitation--to be as "smart on crime" as we are "tough on crime." I'm looking forward to a renewed partnership between the Department of Corrections,
the Legislature and my office, as we work with the agency and its new director to evaluate and improve our smart on crime initiatives, including the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
Source: 2014 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature
Feb 3, 2014
Murder is about video games & broken families, not guns
Q: In the wake of the random shooting of an Australian tourist, the former deputy prime minister of Australia has advised tourists that they should boycott the US to make a statement about gun control.
FALLIN: I don't think this issue is about gun
control. It's an issue about murder. Q: What on earth do you think would lead three teenagers to gun down a complete stranger, because they say they were bored and had nothing to do?
FALLIN: It's just unfathomable that they would even have a thought in
their mind to gun down somebody who is so innocent, just taking a jog through the community. But, you know, in America, we do have different families that are broken, we do have poverty rates, we have those that are uneducated, we have substance abuse
issues, we certainly have a lot of video games, a lot of movies that depict violence in our society, and that is something we as parents, certainly, as community people should take at heart, to always try to make things better in our communities.
Source: Fox News Sunday 2013, on 2014 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
Aug 25, 2013
Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
Silverstein noted his support of women's issues, an issue where Inhofe falls short. "He was one of only five senators who opposed reauthorizing the
Violence Against Women's Act," he said, adding that equality for women in the military is also not high on Inhofe's list.
Source: RedDirtReport.com coverage of 2014 Oklahoma Senate race
Aug 13, 2013
Swift capital punishment saves lives
Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
A: Yes. When used appropriately, swift capital punishment deters violent crimes and saves lives.
Capital punishment for certain heinous crimes is consistent with the high intrinsic value of human life.
Source: Oklahoma Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test
Oct 30, 2012
Death penalty for repeat sex offenders, but not if retarded
Dorman voted YEA on SB 1800, Death Penalty for Second Offender Sex Offenders, Conference Report Adopted (88-8):
Vote to pass a conference report that requires individuals convicted of forcible anal sodomy, oral sodomy, rape, or molestation, of a child
14 years or younger twice, can be sentenced to either the death penalty or life in prison without parole. This bill also creates the Child Abuse Response Team that is to investigate cases dealing with physical and sexual abuse of a child.
Dorman voted YEA on SB 1807, Prohibiting Death Sentence For Mentally Retarded Defendant, Conference Report Adopted (91-5):
Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the death sentence from being imposed on any individual deemed to be mentally retarded.
The bill defines as "mentally retarded" an individual with an intelligence quotient lower than 76 who currently demonstrates significant limitations in adaptive functions, and whose mental retardation was manifested before their 18th birthday.
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of Oklahoma Legislative voting records
May 26, 2008
Target violent and career criminals
We have targeted violent and career criminals, those who are walking crime waves, those who prey upon our brothers and our sisters, our neighbors and our friends, and we’ve said that if you are violent and if you are chronic, we will use,
for the first time, private prisons and we will use public prisons for the purpose of keeping you out of circulation. At no great surprise, over the course of the last three years, crime rate has collapsed across the board.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature
Feb 5, 2001
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