State of South Carolina Archives: on Crime

Joe Biden: 1994 Crime bill had community policing and crime went down

It provided for community policing, not community policing--go out and arresting people and throwing them up against walls. Community policing where you put two policemen in a car, the cops didn't want to do it, and they had to get out of the cars and go and understand the neighborhoods. They had to leave their cell phone numbers with the local grocer, with the local church, with the local--if you have a problem, call me. And so crime went down. Violent crime was cut in half.

We should change the whole prison system from one of punishment to rehabilitation. Nobody should go to jail for drug use. They should be put in rehabilitation. Mandatory rehabilitation. Secondly, anybody in prison, anybody in prison should be learning a trade, should be being taught something. If you can't read, write, add and subtract, you should be able to learn that in prison. And when you get out you should be able to qualify for every federal program across the board.

Source: CNN S.C. Town Hall on eve of 2020 primary Feb 26, 2020

Mike Bloomberg: Makeup of police department should reflect city population

Q: What about racial issues on the New York City Police Department?

BLOOMBERG: I made sure that our police department is a majority minority as is the city.

Q: You wanted the police department to reflect the demographics of the city?

BLOOMBERG: That's exactly right, reflect is the exact right word; because you want people to think that the cops understand them, their culture, and whatever. That doesn't mean you're going to find somebody that you have a lot in common with every time you meet a police officer. But if 1/10 of 1% of the citizens of New York come from Egypt, 1/10 of 1% of our police department would come from Egypt. The only place we don't mirror the population exactly is men and women because the city is 50/50 roughly and only about 35% of the police department are female.

Source: CNN S.C. Town Hall on eve of 2020 primary Feb 26, 2020

Tom Steyer: I've worked to end private prisons in my state

Joe BIDEN [to Steyer]: My good friend on the end of this platform, he bought a private prison system, after he knew that what happened was, they hog-tied young men in prison here in this state.

Tom STEYER: I bought stock in a prison company thinking they would do a better job. And I investigated. And I sold it.

BIDEN: But you when you bought it they'd done that.

STEYER: Since then, I have worked to end the use of private prisons in my home state, and we have ended it.

Source: 10th Democratic Primary debate on eve of S.C. primary Feb 25, 2020

Henry McMaster: Prosecuted sex predators, prostitution, and fraud

Source: 2010 S.C. Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 11, 2017

Brad Hutto: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes??

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment??

A: Yes.

Source: S.C. Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Nikki Haley: Restore funding for Law Enforcement DNA lab

Our budget strengthened the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. We have restored funding to our DNA lab, so that SLED can clear the backlogs. We have increased the number of SLED agents, equipment, and their technology budget. And we've brought Chief Mark Keel home, where he belongs, so that SLED can return, quickly, to its intended mission: Serving the sheriffs and chiefs across South Carolina.
Source: 2012 S.C. State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Alvin Greene: Supports capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

Source: S.C. Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 1, 2010

James Emerson Smith: Supports death penalty; ending parole; and more prisons

Source: VoteSmart S.C. 2004 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Mark Sanford: End parole for repeat violent offenders

Source: 2002 S.C. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
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Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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