Statements about Criminal Justice

Says Greg Abbott "converted over $1 million in federal grant money intended for use to prosecute online sexual predators and other cyber crimes and instead used it to harass and prosecute senior citizens who were assisting other senior citizens in applying for mail-in ballots."

"Homicides against blacks have tripled" since Florida’s "stand your ground" law has been in existence.

"A little-known unit of the Department of Justice, the Community Relations Service, was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman."

"(T)he United States government and its Constitution says that people can be put to death."

A study of private bail bond systems "showed that Wisconsin has a higher no-show rate than other states" of defendants skipping court appearances.  

A monthly "police and fire protection fee" on all Wisconsin phone bills does nothing to support police and fire.

"There is no statistical evidence that bail bonds increase the likelihood of those awaiting trial returning to court for their scheduled hearings."

Says the Obama administration plans to reduce the number of beds devoted to holding individuals violating immigration laws and to "release hundreds of dangerous criminals into our communities."

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

"The violent crime rate in America is the same as it was in 1968, yet our prison system has grown by over 500 percent."

On restoring voting rights to non-violent felons.

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

An 11-year-old girl was investigated by the FBI and had to pay a $500 federal criminal fine "because she found an injured woodpecker and put it in a cage to make sure that the bird was OK."

A 0.05 standard for drunken driving means having a glass of wine at dinner could make a person drunk.

"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.

"Ohioans want an end to pay-to-play politics."

Accuses Ed FitzGerald of "pay-to-play and corruption politics."

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."

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