Statements about Criminal Justice

Says Dan Patrick "proposed Arizona-style show-me-your-papers legislation."

In some states, African-Americans are three times more likely to be sentenced to death than whites for the same crime.

The death penalty "is a deterrent that does affect and impact people."

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."

Premeditation, in murder cases like the Oscar Pistorius case, "can be formed in the twinkling of an eye."

Georgia has saved $20 million through changes in criminal sentencing.

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

"As attorney general, I have prosecuted judges, district attorneys and other public officials across Texas who violated that (public) trust, who have been corrupted."

Says 21 million people "still suffer slavery today."

"Georgia’s civil forfeiture laws are among the worst in the country and the very worst in the South."

Says Debo Adegbile "was nominated to serve as a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals" and "was abruptly withdrawn by the administration."

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.

"Eighty-five percent of the states in the United States that had electrocution have now abolished it."

Action by the Milwaukee County Board will "provide the County Executive with the same level of security as the Governor and the Mayor of Milwaukee while saving taxpayers $300,000."

Federal law for Obamacare navigators "does not bar — or even require screening for — convicted felons, including individuals convicted of identity theft or fraud."

"Whether the Amendment passes or not, the medical use of marijuana is a federal criminal offense."

"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."

"Mark Herring voted to allow sex offenders, including rapists, to serve shorter sentences."

"Local law enforcement . . . will have access to the [Obamacare] Data Hub’s treasure trove of personal info."

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