Statements about Crime

"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."

There are "approximately 20,000 annual gun purchases in Rhode Island."  

The Rhode Island Parole Board "never received an objection from the attorney general" to the parole of  convicted murder Alfred Brissette.

"My Treasury team eliminated a 900-case backlog in the Crime Victim Compensation Program."

In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.

Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.

Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.

"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."

"Of all cities in the United States with more than 100,000 people, Providence is the 183rd safest."

"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."

"The vast, overwhelming majority of [crimes that occur with a firearm] are committed by people who don’t legally possess that firearm in the first place."

Rhode Island's graduated driving license "has saved hundreds of lives."

"Rhode Island has a [inmate] recidivism rate of over 60 percent."

"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried "not far" from President Kennedy’s grave.

"Two years ago Providence alone spent $50,000 a year notifying the school department" about residents in the state's sex offender registry.

In Cranston, it costs $5,000 to $6,000 to send out community notifications on just one Level 3 sex offender.

Proposed gun control legislation "will outlaw practically every firearm, make you pay $100 per firearm, put you into a police database" and make it "nearly impossible" to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."

"In Rhode Island, 28 percent of adults released from state prisons are re-incarcerated within a year."

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