Statements about Criminal Justice

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."

"I had to lay off 48 people last year," which has exacerbated the lack of law enforcement officers in the county that respond quickly to crime calls.

"Today, about 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check."

"Washington, D.C., had some of the strictest gun laws in the country. And when they passed them, violence skyrocketed."

"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."

"[W]e see America's prison population exploding, with America having a greater percentage of its people behind bars than any other nation in the world!"

Since the federal Violence Against Women Act was adopted in 1994, "cases of domestic violence have fallen by 67 percent."

"Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns."

"A man using bath salts reported that raccoons had set fire inside his home and stolen his cell phone."

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