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Terry Branstad on Crime

 

 


Rehabilitation over punishment to reduce recidivism

We are seeing a decline in our prison population and a reduction in recidivism. We are more focused on providing individuals with skills they need to have rewarding careers upon release, including apprenticeships within the institutions. The Department of Corrections has reduced phone fees as increased communications between inmates and their families can lead to a lower rate of reoffending. And in many cases, tax dollars are better spent on rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature , Jan 12, 2016

Investigate wrongful convictions, especially for racial bias

We need to take steps to make sure that when our criminal justice system does impose punishment, that we punish the right person and that race does not play a role.

In the executive branch we recently established a new Wrongful Conviction Division to investigate wrongful convictions of innocent people. These efforts will not only bring justice for those who have been wrongfully incarcerated, but will protect public safety by ensuring the right person is held responsible when a crime is committed.

Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature , Jan 12, 2016

Retroactively allow DNA evidence for all felony convictions

Source: Iowa legislative voting records for H.F. 527 , May 15, 2013

Supports capital punishment for certain crimes.

Branstad supports the CC survey question on capital punishment

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Capital punishment for certain crimes, such as first degree murder & terrorism"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q8 on Aug 11, 2010

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