Statements about Criminal Justice
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."
Says a gun bill before the Senate would make it a federal felony to "leave town for more than seven days, and leave someone else at home with your firearms."
"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."
Says Texas has "11 different felonies you can commit with an oyster."
Every day, "about 100 people will be arrested for possession of marijuana in Georgia."
Research found that "over the course of the existence of the Brady Bill ban, the use of assault weapons in crimes decreased by two thirds."
"In Atlanta, since 1994 when the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ (mandatory minimum sentences) took effect, the violent crime rate has dropped 62 percent."
"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."
If the sequester hits, federal prosecutors will have to "let criminals go."
Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices are "deciding fewer opinions in civil and criminal cases than they used to."
40 percent of U.S. gun sales "are occurring outside of" licensed gun dealers.
In 2009, the FBI "referred more than 71,000" cases of people failing background checks when trying to buy a gun to another federal agency, "but U.S. attorneys ultimately prosecuted only 77 of them."
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