Statements about Criminal Justice
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.
"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."
"Local law enforcement . . . will have access to the [Obamacare] Data Hub’s treasure trove of personal info."
"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."
"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."
"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."
"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."
"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."
Three thousand felons voted in Rhode Island in 2008.
"David Cicilline was the state representative who opposed tough mandatory sentences for those convicted of domestic violence and child abuse."
Decriminalizing marijuana "will save the state anywhere from $4 (million) to $11 million dollars."
"One out of four of our young people say they are victims of this (dating) violence."
"Ten percent of violent deaths in the U.S. each year are due to strangulation."
"A [bank] surveillance camera capturing a criminal’s face and other identifiable traits would certainly discourage robbery attempts and serve as a deterrent to robbers."
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