State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Crime


Tom Wolf: Make it easier for ex-cons to get jobs

We cannot comprehensively address our workforce development system without fixing our criminal justice system. Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians are shut out of our workforce or underemployed because of mistakes they've made in their past. Families are being denied providers. Employers are being denied skilled workers. We have to improve reentry programs and make it easier for those who have done their time to succeed in the workforce and their daily lives.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Pennsylvania legislature Feb 5, 2019

Ken Krawchuk: Eliminate parole for violent criminals

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: Support. I've pledged to eliminate parole for violent criminals.

Source: OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Pennsylvania Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Tom Wolf: Moratorium on death penalty; reprieves to death-row inmates

Wolf signed a series of executive orders for political appointees and state workers, banning gifts to state officials and requiring that all state contracts with private-sector providers go through a bidding process. He declared a moratorium on the death penalty, granting temporary reprieves to 180 inmates on death row as a state task force formally reviews the policy.
Source: Vox.com on 2018 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race May 16, 2018

Rick Saccone: Arguments against death penalty are false

The bottom line remains the cost argument is a red herring to abolish the death penalty. Even if the expense of capital punishment was prohibitive, states could choose to reduce the number of capital cases pursued, or increase the legal threshold of pursuit, without eliminating it thus reserving the option to pursue capital punishment in heinous cases.
Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Senatorial website RickSaccone.com Oct 15, 2017

Dwight Evans: End over-militarized approach to urban policing

The federal government plays a major role in determining the kind of policing cities have across the country. It has subsidized and promoted the over-militarized approach to urban policing that has resulted in the counter-productive events in Ferguson, Baltimore and other cities in recent years. It is time, instead, that Congress support the kind of policing programs that both reduce crime and promote cities' quality of life and economic growth:
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Everett Stern: Blue Lives Matter: Police officers aren't 2nd class citizens

Blue Lives Matter. Police Officers risk their lives everyday in service to the community and country. I will make sure as a U.S. Senator that Police Officers are not turned into 2nd class citizens. We are all created equal and that includes the men and women wearing blue.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website, EverettStern.com Oct 9, 2015

John Fetterman: Break the cycle of violence to decreases murders

During the last 10 years as mayor, John is most gratified by breaking the cycle of violence in Braddock that culminated with 5 years without the taking of a life.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com Sep 22, 2015

Brendan Boyle: Revitalize urban neighborhoods to keep them safe

It is essential that our neighborhoods and our communities remain strong and stable. I am proud to be endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police because of my legislative record in fighting for laws that protect our public and keep our neighborhoods safe.

For too many decades, Congress has ignored urban neighborhoods and older inner suburbs. We need a national strategy to re-invest in and revitalize those areas that need it. This must finally become a national priority.

Source: 2014 Pennsylvania House campaign website, VoteBoyle.com Oct 10, 2014

Rick Saccone: Prosecute sexual deviants who email child images

House Bill 90 would permit local prosecutors to obtain limited identifying information about Internet Service Provider (ISP) subscribers whose computers are involved in the distribution of child pornography. This could result in the faster apprehension of child sexual predators and lead to rescuing endangered children more quickly. The measure passed the chamber by a vote of 192-0.

"If are you a child sex predator preying on our children via the Internet, we're coming after you," said Saccone. "On any given day, nearly 3,000 sexual deviants in Pennsylvania electronically exchange the most vile images of child torture and exploitation imaginable. Each child in those pictures has been victimized and may be in continuous and imminent danger."

Saccone's bill would give Pennsylvania's law enforcement officials the same tools available to those at the federal level, to intercept predators before they have a chance to act and to bring those who have offended swiftly to justice.

Source: Press release on Pennsylvania voting records: HB90 Oct 10, 2014

Madeleine Dean: Prosecute sexual deviants who email child images

House Bill 90 would permit local prosecutors to obtain limited identifying information about Internet Service Provider (ISP) subscribers whose computers are involved in the distribution of child pornography. This could result in the faster apprehension of child sexual predators and lead to rescuing endangered children more quickly. The measure passed both chambers unanimously.

"If are you a child sex predator preying on our children via the Internet, we're coming after you," said sponsor Saccone. "On any given day, nearly 3,000 sexual deviants in Pennsylvania electronically exchange the most vile images of child torture and exploitation imaginable. Each child in those pictures has been victimized and may be in continuous and immi danger."

Saccone's bill would give law enforcement officials the same tools available to those at the federal level, to intercept predators before they have a chance to act.

Rep. Dean voted YEA.

Source: Press release on Pennsylvania voting records: HB90 Oct 8, 2014

Lloyd Smucker: Prosecute sexual deviants who email child images

House Bill 90 would permit local prosecutors to obtain limited identifying information about Internet Service Provider (ISP) subscribers whose computers are involved in the distribution of child pornography. This could result in the faster apprehension of child sexual predators and lead to rescuing endangered children more quickly. The measure passed both chambers unanimously.

"If are you a child sex predator preying on our children via the Internet, we're coming after you," said sponsor Saccone. "On any given day, nearly 3,000 sexual deviants in Pennsylvania electronically exchange the most vile images of child torture and exploitation imaginable. Each child in those pictures has been victimized and may be in continuous and immi danger."

Saccone's bill would give law enforcement officials the same tools available to those at the federal level, to intercept predators before they have a chance to act.

Sen. Smucker voted YEA.

Source: Press release on Pennsylvania voting records: HB90 Oct 7, 2014

Allyson Schwartz: End the Pennsylvania death penalty

All four candidates support either a moratorium on or an end to the death penalty. McCord, McGinty and Wolf agree a moratorium on the death penalty is in order while studying its value. Schwartz would sign legislation to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Katie McGinty: Moratorium on the death penalty

All four candidates support either a moratorium on or an end to the death penalty. McCord, McGinty and Wolf agree a moratorium on the death penalty is in order while studying its value. Schwartz would sign legislation to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Tom Wolf: Moratorium on the death penalty

All four Democratic candidates support either a moratorium on or an end to the death penalty. McCord, McGinty and Wolf agree a moratorium on the death penalty is in order while studying its value. Schwartz would sign legislation to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

Tom Corbett: Justice Reinvestment: eligible offenders out of system

While prisons are necessary, they are not necessarily the only answer. Our Justice Reinvestment Initiative gets eligible offenders out of the system and works to re-introduce them as productive citizens. It also will save us $139 million. This money is being moved to the "front end" of the justice system--victim services, local policing, county-based offender treatment, improved probation services. We need to be tough on crime and smarter about preventing it. Justice Reinvestment does both.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Tom Corbett: 290 new state troopers plus 90 new civilian dispatchers

One of the greatest challenges we continue to confront as Pennsylvanians is the threat of crime. Public safety remains a top priority in my administration. Without safety society cannot long endure.

That is why, once again, I have announced plans for new cadet classes at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Over the next fiscal year we plan to train 290 new state troopers to protect and defend our citizens and our rule of law.

We will also add 90 new civilian dispatchers, freeing our troopers to get out on the roads and into our communities, where they are most needed. Much of that expansion has been made possible by enhancing our justice system. It costs $34,000 a year to keep a man or woman in prison. That is $34,000 that doesn't reach our schools, pave our roads, or care for our poor.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Tom Corbett: Cancel unneeded expensive prison project in Fayette County

This budget maintains our full complement of state police. Crime often costs us long after justice is done. In 1993 Pennsylvania had 24,000 men and women in its prisons. Today that number is over 50,000. This number speaks to a failure. Sometimes it's a failure in our schools, or in our society, but ultimately in the personal character of the criminal. We need to fund additional parole officers to help freed inmates make the transition from the prison yard to Main Street.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature Mar 8, 2011

Tom Corbett: Cancel unneeded expensive prison project in Fayette County

This budget maintains our full complement of state police. Crime often costs us long after justice is done. In 1993 Pennsylvania had 24,000 men and women in its prisons. Today that number is over 50,000. This number speaks to a failure. Sometimes it's a failure in our schools, or in our society, but ultimately in the personal character of the criminal. We need to fund additional parole officers to help freed inmates make the transition from the prison yard to Main Street. We need to think smarter about how and when and how long to jail people. We need to be tough on crime but we also need to consider the fiscal implications of our prison system. Last month my administration cancelled a prison project in Fayette County because we don't need it and we can't afford it. We also can't afford to ask counties in our state to subsist on a prison-based economy. We need industries that generate wealth, not sorrow.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature Mar 8, 2011

Ed Rendell: Fund education well, and we can cut incarceration costs

The cost of housing prisoners in Pennsylvania continues to rise. We must reverse this trend, if for no other reason than the failure to do so threatens to overwhelm our ability to meet skyrocketing prison costs. Increased funding for public education is one great way to address this problem, because it provides an opportunity for our young people to choose the right path. But we must do more to reduce the rising costs of incarceration, & I welcome the opportunity to partner with you to achieve this goal
Source: Pennsylvania 2010 State of the State Address Feb 9, 2010

Tony Knowles: Abolish death penalty across the US

This past weekend Pennsylvania Abolitionists organized and participated in several actions at the National Governors Association meeting at Penn State University, July 7th - 10th. The activities met with heavy police surveillance and unnecessarily violent force.

Abolitionists received a different response from Alaska Governor Tony Knowles who crossed the street to thank the demonstrators for being present and to indicate his support for abolition of the death penalty in United States.

Source: Newsletter from the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Jul 7, 2000

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