Statements about Criminal Justice
Says "About 7 in 10 of Oregon’s inmates are in prison for violent crimes and serious sex offenses."
Says Measure 11 is "one of the most significant reasons" for decrease in violent crime.
Says PolitiFact "validated and independently documented" its "criminal history" claims about Adan Ballesteros.
"There's a loophole where you can sell guns without a background check … 40 percent of guns are sold that way" at gun shows and over the Internet.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey gave the government the power to electronically spy on Americans without a warrant.
Decriminalizing marijuana "will save the state anywhere from $4 (million) to $11 million dollars."
Says New Jersey’s prison system is "61 percent African-American even though our state is just 13 percent black."
"The United States imprisons more than any nation in the world."
Says she "created the first felony deferred prosecution program for nonviolent first-offenders" in Texas.
Since Florida passed the "stand your ground" law in 2005, deaths due to self-defense have jumped over 250 percent.
"We’ve had a dramatic drop in violent crime since this law (‘stand your ground’) has been in effect."
"When we passed (the stand your ground law), we said it portends horrific events when people's lives were put into these situations."
"One out of four of our young people say they are victims of this (dating) violence."
"Our small staff of 51 is still fewer than we had a decade ago, yet our caseload -- like that of other courts -- has grown."
Without U.S. Senate action, Texas will have more federal judicial vacancies this year than any other state.
"Private prisons do not chase escaped inmates past the perimeter like the public prisons do, which means more escaped prisoners in our communities."
"Illegal counterfeiting and piracy costs the U.S. economy $100 billion... every year."
"Right now in Georgia, nearly one in three leaving our prisons are re-convicted within three years."
Says Texas does not regulate the appearance of some kinds of imitation firearms sold in Texas.
Says most states, but not Texas, permit jurors to ask questions of witnesses in trials.
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