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Stacey Abrams on Crime
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger (GA); 2020 Veepstakes contender
Click here for 3 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Justice should not be determined by your paycheck. (Aug 2017)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing "up-skirting". (Mar 2017)
  • Voted NO on 10-year minimum for assaulting a cop. (Mar 2017)
Justin Amash on Crime
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for the full quote by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Rated 31% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance. (Dec 2014)
Joe Biden on Crime
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 43 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • The same time for the same crime, for blacks and whites. (Oct 2020)
  • NYC stop-and-frisk was stopped by Obama observers. (Feb 2020)
  • In 1990s we released 38,000 inmates, changed police rules. (Jul 2019)
  • 1994: Billions for state prisons but fewer billions than GOP. (Jul 2019)
  • 1992: pro-death penalty; 2019: congrats on ending it. (Jun 2019)
  • Regrets supporting strict sentences, including on crack. (Apr 2019)
  • Supreme Court wrong to deny federalization of wife-beating. (Oct 2008)
  • Bush is impediment to hate crimes legislation. (Dec 2007)
  • Authored the Clinton crime bill & 100,000 cops on the street. (Jul 2007)
  • Separate juveniles from adults in jail. (Jul 2007)

    Police Reform

  • Institutional racism that only black parents give "the talk". (Oct 2020)
  • More community policing, but not as police jump-out squads. (Oct 2020)
  • FactCheck: Endorsed by 175 law enforcement officials. (Sep 2020)
  • Violent protestors should be prosecuted. (Sep 2020)
  • Reimagine policing: I totally oppose defunding police. (Sep 2020)
  • Violence is never appropriate response to police violence. (Sep 2020)
  • Bring stakeholders together to agree on police reforms. (Sep 2020)
  • Vast majority of police are ashamed of what they've seen. (Aug 2020)
  • 1994 Crime bill had community policing and crime went down. (Feb 2020)
  • 1990s: Supported tough-on-crime; 2019:considers those racist. (Mar 2019)
  • 1993: Don't care why "predators" act; put them in jail. (Mar 2019)
  • 1980s community policing worked to reduce crime rate. (Nov 2017)
  • Police and communities must respect each other. (Apr 2015)
  • Community policing is expensive, but it works. (Apr 2015)
  • 1970: DE Public not receiving needed police protection. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990 crime bill: more police & tougher penalties. (Oct 2010)
  • Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals. (Jul 2007)

    Voting Record

  • 1994 Crime Bill got help for first time offenders, not jail. (Mar 2019)
  • Biden Law of 1994 created several new capital offenses. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)
Don Blankenship on Crime
WV Senate contender and Constitution Party presidential nominee
Click here for the full quote by Don Blankenship OR click here for Don Blankenship on other issues.
  • Past criminal conviction not a barrier to running for office. (Mar 2018)
Mike Bloomberg on Crime
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Makeup of police department should reflect city population. (Feb 2020)
  • First priority in crime is to cut murder rate; we cut by 50%. (Feb 2020)
  • End cash bail; $2.5 billion for public defenders. (Jan 2020)
  • Restore voting rights to felons after they're out. (Jan 2020)
  • I was wrong to rely on stop-and-frisk policing. (Nov 2019)
  • Supported 1996 crime bill and stop-and-frisk policing. (Nov 2019)
  • Crime dropped 32%; murders halved; 36% fewer behind bars. (Nov 2019)
  • Reduce crime but with a more racially sensitive police force. (Sep 2010)
  • Apologizing for police racial errors kept city calm. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: never a conspicuous civil libertarian. (Sep 2010)
  • Educate prisoners: build more classrooms at Rikers Island. (Jan 2008)
  • Fewer homicides in NYC than any year on record. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduced murder rate by focusing on domestic violence. (Dec 2007)
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes. (Dec 2006)
  • Lock them up and throw away key, but no death penalty. (Dec 2005)
  • Too much news radio is "all crime, all the time". (Aug 2001)
Cory Booker on Crime
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator; 2020 presidential contender (withdrawn)
Click here for 39 full quotes by Cory Booker OR click here for Cory Booker on other issues.
  • Presidential office on hate crimes and white supremacy. (Oct 2019)
  • Clemency to 17,000 people who are jailed for outdated crimes. (Sep 2019)
  • More black men are in jails now than under slavery. (Jun 2019)
  • Legalize marijuana; restore ex-con voting rights. (Mar 2019)
  • Evolved from supporting Broken Windows theory to opposition. (Apr 2017)
  • 2010: Layoff police officers to push for union concessions. (Aug 2016)
  • 1960s cities had mostly white cops & mostly black majority. (Feb 2016)
  • Police doesn't solve problem; they just attend to symptoms. (Feb 2016)
  • Poor & minorities bear the brunt of policing practices. (Feb 2016)
  • Parks and green spaces are associated with safer communities. (Feb 2016)
  • Real solution to crime is addressing poverty and education. (Jan 2014)
  • Increase the number of police in all neighborhoods. (Nov 2013)
  • Cut first responders due to economic downturn. (Nov 2013)
  • Ran off armed assailant: "Not in our city anymore!". (Dec 2012)
  • Got celebrities to donate cash for police equipment. (Dec 2012)
  • Long-term believer in "broken windows" theory. (May 2012)
  • Improve police data collection process & homicides dropped. (May 2012)
  • $1,000 reward for crime tips leading to gun recovery. (Dec 2010)
  • Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons. (Sep 2010)
  • Police overhaul to change cronyism, favoritism, and cynicism. (Sep 2010)
  • Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing. (Sep 2010)

    Prison Reform

  • Broken criminal justice system kindest to rich and guilty. (Sep 2019)
  • Cut mandatory minimum sentences; end solitary for juveniles. (May 2019)
  • Rich-and-guilty treated better than poor-and-innocent. (Mar 2019)
  • Ended "three strike penalty"; more reform is needed. (Mar 2019)
  • Opportunities for dropouts: avoid school-to-prison pipeline. (Aug 2016)
  • Anti-recidivism funds much scanter than prison funds. (Feb 2016)
  • Reduced crime by helping prisoners coming home. (Feb 2016)
  • Theory of "broken windows" doesn't drive down crime. (Feb 2016)
  • Mass incarceration has failed. (Feb 2016)
  • Prison construction draws resources from other priorities. (Feb 2016)
  • Prisons grow irrespective of crime rates. (Apr 2015)
  • Incarceration isn't working; focus on preventing recidivism. (Nov 2013)
  • Bipartisan solution to reduce recidivism. (Aug 2013)
  • Prisoner re-entry is the new front line of civil rights. (May 2012)
  • ReLeSe: Pro bono legal services to ex-offenders. (Feb 2010)

    Voting Record

  • Make lynching a hate crime. (Feb 2019)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 9% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance. (Dec 2014)
Pete Buttigieg on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Click here for 15 full quotes by Pete Buttigieg OR click here for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.
  • Systemic racism has penetrated into police departments. (Feb 2020)
  • Legalize pot and help those incarcerated unfairly. (Feb 2020)
  • Broken criminal justice system kindest to rich and guilty. (Sep 2019)
  • Felons should be allowed after release from prison. (Jul 2019)
  • End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Supports constitutional ban on death penalty. (Jul 2019)
  • Move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism. (Jun 2019)
  • I believe in police accountability and will implement it. (Jun 2019)
  • Cut federal prison population, encourage states to follow. (Jun 2019)
  • Justice is blind; appointees should uphold that principle. (Jun 2019)
  • Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison. (Apr 2019)
  • Death penalty is racist; mandatory minimums too. (Mar 2019)
  • Concentrate law enforcement on gang-related violence. (Feb 2019)
Julian Castro on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary
Click here for 7 full quotes by Julian Castro OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • Police reform plan, to root out white supremacy. (Sep 2019)
  • We must do something about "toxic brew of white nationalism". (Aug 2019)
  • End qualified immunity to hold police officers accountable. (Jul 2019)
  • Remove from the streets police officers who kill civilians. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • We must face police violence against minorities. (Feb 2019)
Bill de Blasio on Crime
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Bill de Blasio OR click here for Bill de Blasio on other issues.
  • Blames the feds for letting bad cops stay on police force. (Jul 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Bringing police & community together drives down crime. (Jun 2019)
  • Federal policies responsible for mass incarceration crisis. (May 2019)
  • OpEd: de Blasio soft on crime, undercuts police. (May 2019)
  • Close Rikers; develop alternatives to incarceration. (May 2019)
  • Ban solitary confinement for youth; reduce it for adults. (May 2019)
  • Free phone calls for people in custody. (May 2019)
  • Eliminate cash bail: future without mass incarceration. (Apr 2019)
  • Fewer and fewer arrests, and crime goes down and down. (Jan 2019)
  • The era of mass incarceration has ended in NYC. (Jan 2019)
  • NYC enjoying major drop in crime rate. (Dec 2017)
  • Worried about why blacks need to be cautious around police. (Nov 2017)
  • Condemn killing police in retaliation for police killings. (Nov 2017)
  • Stop-and-frisk disproportionately targets people of color. (Oct 2013)
  • Invest in Shot Spotter technology: audio & video on streets. (Oct 2013)
Rocky De La Fuente on Crime
Click here for the full quote by Rocky De La Fuente OR click here for Rocky De La Fuente on other issues.
  • Supports capital punishment. (Nov 2016)
Tulsi Gabbard on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 6 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences. (Jul 2019)
  • Must expose and punish sexual assaults in military. (Mar 2019)
  • Rated 85% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Crime
Democratic Senator (NY); Democratic Candidate for President (withdrawn)
Click here for 8 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • I understand that whiteness protects white kids. (Jul 2019)
  • End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Advocate for victims of sexual assault. (Jan 2019)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues. (Dec 2014)
Mike Gravel on Crime
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
Click here for 9 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • Decriminalize all commercial sex work. (Apr 2019)
  • Ban cash bail: it only benefits the rich. (Apr 2019)
  • No one deserves to be put to death by the state. (Apr 2019)
  • Eliminate the federal death penalty. (Apr 2008)
  • If you donít have any money, you donít get any justice. (Jun 2007)
  • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws. (May 2007)
  • Citizen Power includes abolition of the death penalty. (Jan 2007)
  • More jails donít cut crime--must address poverty instead. (Jan 1972)
  • Stop punishment for victimless crimes: drugs, sex & gambling. (Jan 1972)
Kamala Harris on Crime
Democratic candidate for President (withdrawn); California Senator
Click here for 39 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • In CA, created many first-time criminal justice reforms. (Oct 2020)
  • Police accountability plus reimagining safe communities. (Aug 2020)
  • Tough prosecutor; but for reform as candidate. (Jul 2020)
  • When people break rules, they pay penalty; so should Trump. (Nov 2019)
  • I fought and ended the "gay panic" defense. (Oct 2019)
  • I've always wanted to protect people and keep them safe. (Sep 2019)
  • FactCheck: Denied DNA evidence in 1980s; backtracked in 2018. (Jul 2019)
  • I chose the unpopular thing to NOT seek the death penalty. (Jul 2019)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; but defended it as AG. (May 2019)
  • Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote. (Apr 2019)
  • Private prisons are about profit, not dealing with crime. (Apr 2019)
  • Federal and state moratorium on death penalty. (Mar 2019)
  • No on capital punishment, but justice for murderers. (Mar 2019)
  • Ex-felons re-enter society, instead of broken justice system. (Feb 2019)
  • Punish violent criminals, but understand they also need help. (Jan 2019)
  • Back on Track: expungement for first-time minor offenders. (Jan 2019)
  • Cash bail system favors the wealthy. (Jan 2019)
  • 2010: Ran for A.G. as anti-death-penalty D.A. (Jan 2019)
  • Focus on helping non-violent young offenders. (Aug 2017)
  • Defied pressure for death penalty for cop killer. (Aug 2017)
  • Imprison violent criminals, not the non-violent. (Apr 2015)
  • Make fighting transnational gangs a top priority. (Nov 2014)
  • Learn from public health model and focus on prevention. (Oct 2011)
  • Treat crime economically: most safety for the investment. (Oct 2009)
  • Smart on Crime: focus on violence, youth, & prevention. (Oct 2009)
  • Crime pyramid: nonviolent offender isn't hardened criminal. (Oct 2009)
  • Personally opposed to death penalty; as DA, never pursued it. (Jan 2004)
  • 2004: no death penalty for cop killer; 2019: apply to all. (Mar 2019)

    Black Lives Matter

  • Ban chokeholds by police; registry of police crimes. (Oct 2020)
  • Every black man is subject of profiling & discrimination. (Jun 2019)
  • Not tough nor soft crime: must be smart on crime. (Mar 2019)
  • Progressive prosecutor: fix broken criminal justice system. (Jan 2019)
  • I'm part of changing prosecutors' history of injustice. (Jan 2019)
  • Black men pay 35% higher bail than white men. (Jan 2019)
  • I'm for both the police and for police accountability. (Jan 2019)
  • Improve criminal justice reporting; increase accountability. (Mar 2016)
  • Don't require cops to wear body cameras. (May 2015)
  • Acknowledge that certain communities distrust police. (May 2015)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
Howie Hawkins on Crime
Green Party Challenger for President
Click here for 5 full quotes by Howie Hawkins OR click here for Howie Hawkins on other issues.
  • Increased public oversight of police. (Aug 2020)
  • Ban private prisons; moratorium on prison construction. (Jul 2020)
  • End the carceral surveillance state. (May 2019)
  • Opposes mandatory sentencing. (Aug 2006)
  • End the death penalty. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
Click here for 9 full quotes by John Hickenlooper OR click here for John Hickenlooper on other issues.
  • As Denver mayor, I diversified my police force. (Jun 2019)
  • Record of being pro-active against police misconduct. (Mar 2019)
  • Suspend death penalty; it's too random & doesn't deter. (Mar 2019)
  • Issued stay of execution for convicted killer. (Apr 2017)
  • Sigred bill to expunge arrest record if mistaken identity. (Jun 2016)
  • Changed mind on death penalty, to oppose it as governor. (May 2016)
  • Longer minimum prison sentences do not reduce crime. (Sep 2014)
  • $34 million for violence-preventing mental health services. (Jan 2014)
  • $20M for mental health 24/7 call-in centers. (Dec 2013)
Jo Jorgensen on Crime
Click here for 5 full quotes by Jo Jorgensen OR click here for Jo Jorgensen on other issues.
  • Take the profit out of locking up citizens. (Nov 2020)
  • End no-knock raids, qualified immunity, militarized police. (Aug 2020)
  • End civil asset forfeiture prior to conviction. (Jul 2020)
  • Repeal all victimless crime laws: gambling, drugs, sex. (May 2020)
  • Anti-mandatory minimum, according to AFA survey. (Sep 2020)
John Kasich on Crime
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
Click here for 21 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Spared 7 death-row inmates; executed 15 more. (Jul 2018)
  • Rehab, not prison, for low-level offenders. (Mar 2018)
  • FactCheck: Catholic faith does NOT support death penalty. (Sep 2017)
  • Black Lives Matter means the system doesn't work for them. (Apr 2016)
  • Police must understand challenges of black community. (Apr 2016)
  • Ban the box: no criminal history check on job applications. (Dec 2015)
  • Save money by converting prisoners to taxpayers. (Aug 2015)
  • Community must understand challenge of police & deadly force. (Aug 2015)
  • Death penalty is consistent with justice & Christian values. (May 2015)
  • My policies worked to integrate police and community in Ohio. (May 2015)
  • Columbine victims showed courage by not renouncing God. (Jun 2010)
  • It's God's job to judge if punishment fits the crime. (Jun 2010)
  • Cops & Kids Plan: put more police on the street. (Oct 1999)
  • Columbine: Community involvement, not new laws. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Supports capital punishment for certain crimes. (Aug 2010)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
Amy Klobuchar on Crime
DFL Sr Senator (MN); Democratic presidential contender
Click here for 16 full quotes by Amy Klobuchar OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Address racism in the system though diversity, reform. (Feb 2020)
  • Safe harbor for prostitutes;but don't decriminalize sex work. (Oct 2019)
  • I support racial justice: make prosecutors accountable. (Sep 2019)
  • Reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders. (Sep 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Reduce mandatory minimum sentences. (Jul 2019)
  • Supports prison reform & treatment over punishment. (May 2019)
  • We must address human trafficking abroad and domestically. (Jul 2016)
  • Victims want convictions, but also want to trust courts. (Aug 2015)
  • People who break the law need to be held accountable. (Aug 2015)
  • Lock up predatory sex offenders indefinitely. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues. (Dec 2014)
Gloria La Riva on Crime
Party for Socialism and Liberation nominee for President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Gloria La Riva OR click here for Gloria La Riva on other issues.
  • End racism, police brutality, mass incarceration. (Aug 2020)
  • Allow prisoners to unionize to negotiate living conditions. (Aug 2020)
  • Opposes capital punishment; shut down most prisons. (Nov 2010)
  • Eliminate the racist prison-industrial complex. (Jan 2008)
Beto O`Rourke on Crime
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 9 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women. (Oct 2019)
  • Felons should be allowed to vote while incarcerated. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences. (Jul 2019)
  • 2.3M Americans behind bars is most in the world. (Jun 2019)
  • 1995 burglary arrest: charges dropped by U. Texas. (Apr 2019)
  • Expand death penalty if police officers are attacked. (Mar 2019)
  • Capital punishment is an inequitable, unfair, unjust system. (Mar 2019)
  • We must cut down on recidivism for non-violent offenders. (Aug 2018)
  • Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Barack Obama on Crime
Democratic President (2009-2017); IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 31 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Reduce punishments for some federal offenses. (Apr 2018)
  • Reject killing police in retaliation for police killings. (Nov 2017)
  • Criminal justice reform starts with voting. (Jul 2016)
  • Crime rate and incarceration rate have come down together. (Jan 2015)
  • FactCheck:Biden more conservative than Obama on crime issues. (Aug 2012)
  • Survived vague threats from Ku Klux Klan during campaign. (Jun 2009)
  • 1997: Accomplished bipartisan criminal justice reform. (Aug 2008)
  • Job training for ex-offenders, to avoid return to crime. (Jul 2008)
  • We need more cops; but we also need more families. (Jun 2008)
  • Reduce recidivism by providing ex-offender supports. (Feb 2008)
  • Ban racial profiling & eliminate disparities in sentencing. (Feb 2008)
  • Have a civil rights division enforce laws fairly and justly. (Jan 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, more young black men in college than in prison. (Jan 2008)
  • Lack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Legislated protecting police detainees during interrogation. (Nov 2007)
  • Pushed Illinois bill to videotape all capital interrogations. (Oct 2007)
  • No extra penalty for gang association. (Oct 2007)
  • Works on ex-offender laws because it could have been him. (Aug 2007)
  • Need justice that is not just us, but is everybody. (Jun 2007)
  • Reformed death penalty by listening & compromising. (Feb 2007)
  • Some heinous crimes justify the ultimate punishment. (Oct 2006)
  • Videotape all capital punishment interrogations. (Oct 2006)
  • Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime. (Oct 2004)
  • Restrict police entry rules, to protect our civil liberties. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership. (Oct 2004)
  • Battles legislatively against the death penalty. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
Mike Pence on Crime
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 14 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • Yes to justice for George Floyd; no to riots. (Oct 2020)
  • Riots aren't peaceful protest; wrecking statues isn't speech. (Aug 2020)
  • Require police to wear body cameras. (Nov 2016)
  • Law enforcement is not a force for racism or division. (Oct 2016)
  • Bringing up "implicit bias" demeans police officers. (Oct 2016)
  • Inner-city families should want stop-and-frisk. (Oct 2016)
  • Police officer are the best of us; restore law & order. (Oct 2016)
  • Always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line. (Jul 2016)
  • OpEd: even-minded on ending racist police brutality. (Jul 2016)
  • Reduce crime, not penalties for crime. (May 2016)
  • I support the death penalty; justice demands it. (Feb 2014)
  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
Bernie Sanders on Crime
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 38 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • End cash bail; unfair to poor. (Feb 2020)
  • Felons should be allowed to vote while incarcerated. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • OpEd: Ambiguous record on 1994 crime bill. (Jun 2019)
  • Bail reform: 65% of county & city inmates are "unconvicted". (May 2018)
  • End the death penalty, like all other advanced countries. (Nov 2016)
  • End mass incarceration & reform criminal justice. (Jul 2016)
  • By 2020, I pledge to have fewer people in jail than China. (Feb 2016)
  • Government should not be part of the death penalty. (Feb 2016)
  • Create criminal records for corrupt white collar criminals. (Feb 2016)
  • Jobs and education, not jails and incarceration. (Dec 2015)
  • America has more people in jail than any country on earth. (Oct 2015)
  • Reinstate voting rights to address school-to-prison pipeline. (Sep 2015)

    Black Lives Matter

  • Police forces should reflect diversity of their communities. (Aug 2017)
  • How justice system treats blacks is a national disgrace. (Nov 2016)
  • Black Lives Matter points out police brutality. (Nov 2016)
  • Real criminal justice/police reform also combats racism. (Nov 2016)
  • New model for police training de-escalating lethal force. (Nov 2016)
  • 1990s "super-predator" was racist term and everybody knew it. (Apr 2016)
  • We need fundamental police reform. (Feb 2016)
  • Whites & blacks smoke pot equally, but blacks go to jail. (Feb 2016)
  • Involve U.S. Justice Dept. in every police killing. (Jan 2016)
  • Police officers should not be shooting unarmed people. (Dec 2015)
  • Blacks are disproportionately imprisoned & killed by police. (Sep 2015)

    Voting Record

  • Crime bill had good parts (VAWA) & bad parts (death penalty). (Mar 2016)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 78% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 73% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues. (Dec 2014)
Mark Sanford on Crime
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1); GOP Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Mark Sanford OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • End parole for repeat violent offenders. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
Howard Schultz on Crime
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
Click here for 4 full quotes by Howard Schultz OR click here for Howard Schultz on other issues.
  • Open discussion about black communities' mistrust of police. (Jan 2019)
  • Restore public trust by increasing police diversity. (Jan 2019)
  • After Ferguson riots, distribute compendium about race. (Jan 2019)
  • Ignoring shootings of black men makes us part of the problem. (Jan 2019)
Tom Steyer on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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  • I've worked to end private prisons in my state. (Feb 2020)
  • Focus on white supremacist violence as domestic terrorism. (Nov 2019)
  • Transgendered hate crimes: unequivocally prosecute severely. (Oct 2019)
  • Regrets Farallon's $34M investment in corporate prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • More parole opportunities for convicted non-violent felons. (Jul 2019)
  • Repeal the California death penalty. (Jul 2019)
  • Backs bill to release accused criminals who can't pay bail. (Mar 2018)
Donald Trump on Crime
2016 Republican incumbent President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • FactCheck: Order on statues merely enforces existing law. (Aug 2020)
  • Think of the VICTIMS and keep the death penalty. (Jul 2019)
  • Central Park 5 admitted guilt; exoneration doesn't matter. (Jun 2019)
  • Keep death penalty; don't forget the victims. (Mar 2019)
  • Unfair to serve a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime. (Feb 2019)
  • Stop-and-frisk works in high-crime cities like Chicago. (Oct 2018)
  • Stop-and-frisk worked very well in NYC. (Sep 2016)
  • Settling Central Park jogger case was "a disgrace". (Aug 2016)
  • The police are the most mistreated people in America. (Jan 2016)
  • 1989 full-page newspaper ads: "Bring Back the Death Penalty". (Sep 2015)
  • Capital punishment isnít uncivilized; murderers living is. (Jul 2000)
  • Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray. (Jul 2000)
  • Hold judges accountable; donít reduce sentences. (Jul 2000)

    Police Reform

  • Strong on law enforcement AND on enforcing law on police. (Oct 2020)
  • FactCheck: No, not endorsed by Portland's Sheriff. (Sep 2020)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Trump aide said rioting & chaos helps Trump. (Sep 2020)
  • FactCheck: Hillary used term "super predators," not Biden. (Sep 2020)
  • Law-and-order, or you'll see your cities burn. (Sep 2020)
  • I've established law-and-order, except in Democrat cities. (Sep 2020)
  • We have to give police their mojo and let them protect us. (Sep 2020)
  • Stand with law enforcement; never allow mob rule. (Aug 2020)
  • FactCheck: yes, second chance with criminal justice reform. (Feb 2020)
  • First Step Act: criminal justice reform & fairer sentencing. (Feb 2019)
  • Unify behind law enforcement; support the victims of crime. (Feb 2017)
  • More penalties for violence against police. (Feb 2017)
  • Crime and gangs and drugs have created American carnage. (Jan 2017)
  • FactCheck: Stop-&-frisk unconstitutional but NYPD disagrees. (Sep 2016)
  • Without law and order, we don't have a country. (Sep 2016)
  • Considers stop-and-frisk useful and tremendous beyond belief. (Sep 2016)
  • Racial disparities in law enforcement? Maybe or maybe not. (Aug 2016)
  • Police can't act due to disrespect; but weed out bad ones. (Feb 2016)
  • Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence. (Aug 2015)
  • For tough anti-crime policies; not criminalsí rights. (Jul 2000)
  • Signed First Step Act to reduce recidivism. (Dec 2018)
Jesse Ventura on Crime
Former Independent MN Governor; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 9 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Watch out for DNA Fingerprint Act's biometrics. (Mar 2010)
  • Opposes death penalty because DNA proves too many mistakes. (Apr 2008)
  • Opposes ďThree StrikesĒ; leave discretion to judges. (Jul 2000)
  • Crime statistics are distorted to encourage racism. (Jul 2000)
  • No role for governor in crime; itís for local police. (Jan 1999)
  • Put up with death penalty until life sentences mean life. (Jan 1999)
  • Supported death penalty, but now as Governor opposes it. (Nov 1998)
  • Find compromise between rehabilitation and punishment. (Aug 1998)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Arvin Vohra on Crime
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Chair
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  • Drug crime is fake crime; abolish the DEA. (Mar 2018)
Joe Walsh on Crime
Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)
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  • Reform the criminal justice system. (Sep 2019)
Elizabeth Warren on Crime
Massachusetts Senator; former head of CFPB; Dem. Presidential Challenger
Click here for 11 full quotes by Elizabeth Warren OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • Stop-and-frisk willfully targeted people of color. (Feb 2020)
  • Need to rework the entire criminal justice system. (Feb 2020)
  • Criminal liability for corporate execs causing severe harm. (May 2019)
  • Must get serious about gun control & background checks. (Apr 2019)
  • Criminal justice system is racist front to back. (Aug 2018)
  • Supports anti-gang, safe neighborhood initiatives. (Jul 2016)
  • Unfair: Kid in trouble for petty theft; CEO steals billions. (Feb 2016)
  • Advocates stiff punishment for corporate offenders. (Jan 2016)
  • Oppose death penalty but won't fight it for Marathon Bomber. (Jan 2014)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues. (Dec 2014)
Bill Weld on Crime
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice Pres.; former GOP MA Governor; 2020 GOP Presidential Challenger
Click here for 6 full quotes by Bill Weld OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • Prosecute police for civil rights violations. (Jul 2016)
  • Prosecuted organized crime for 7 years in Justice Department. (Jun 2016)
  • Opposes weekend furloughs for convicted murderers & rapists. (Oct 1996)
  • When we catch the bad guys, we've got to hammer them. (Oct 1996)
  • Support death penalty for cop killers. (Apr 1996)
  • Tough on taxes, tough on crime. (Aug 1992)
Kanye West on Crime
Click here for 2 full quotes by Kanye West OR click here for Kanye West on other issues.
  • I'm against the death penalty. (Jul 2020)
  • One of my to-do lists is to end police brutality. (Jul 2020)
Marianne Williamson on Crime
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
Click here for 5 full quotes by Marianne Williamson OR click here for Marianne Williamson on other issues.
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • Deep, deep racial injustice means we should do reparations. (Jun 2019)
  • I oppose the death penalty. (Jun 2019)
  • New Department for domestic violence prevention efforts. (Apr 2019)
  • Tougher sentencing laws led to mass incarceration. (Jul 2018)
Andrew Yang on Crime
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
Click here for 9 full quotes by Andrew Yang OR click here for Andrew Yang on other issues.
  • Repeal 1994 crime bill, decriminalize truancy. (Aug 2019)
  • Makes more sense to pay people to keep out of jail. (Jul 2019)
  • Felons should be allowed after release from prison. (Jul 2019)
  • Reform or reduce cash bail. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • Death penalty has led to tragic errors. (Jun 2019)
  • Replace mass incarceration with social programs. (Mar 2019)
  • Body cameras for every police officer. (Mar 2019)
  • Police unfairly target minorities. (Feb 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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