State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Crime


Mark Walker: Support law enforcement, criminal justice reform

Source: 2022 North Carolina Senate campaign website Walker4NC.com Dec 9, 2020

Roy Cooper: Created task force on racial equity in criminal justice

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Roy Cooper: Yes. Created task force on racial equity in criminal justice and a new center to track statistics and "improve training related to the use of force."

Dan Forest: No. "I will always DEFEND the police." "Our police officers need to be able to do their jobs."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Cal Cunningham: End mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders

Cal is committed to criminal justice reform. Cal believes we should revisit mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders. Cal is in favor of refocusing efforts on preventing violent crime instead of locking up people who, more than anything, need mental health or addiction treatment. We should also work to reduce recidivism by investing in programs that give people who have paid their debt to society the opportunity to re-enter their communities with dignity.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate campaign website CalForNC.com Jun 10, 2020

Al Pisano: No opinion on crime & punishment

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

A: Question not specific enough

Source: OnTheIssues 2020 interview on North Carolina Governor race Apr 30, 2020

Dan Forest: Restore law and order, violent criminals roam free

The government's first priority should be the safety and security of the people. We must restore law and order if we are to protect our civilized society. When a handful of sheriffs allow violent criminals to roam free in our state, purely for political reasons, the entire state suffers.
Source: News & Observer on 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2020

Erica Smith: No money bonds for misdemeanors, low lever felonies

No money bonds for misdemeanors and low level felonies in advancing the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Sentence restructuring for non-violent, low level drug offenders.

Strengthening laws against human trafficking, opioid trafficking and prescription controls.

Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate website EricaForUS.org Feb 7, 2020

Erica Smith: Focus on domestic terrorism, allow capital punishment

In my first 100 days I commit to file: Resources and public safety programs for increasing manpower, surveillance/intelligence on domestic terrorism; and Criminal justice reforms as it relates to prosecution and sentencing of domestic terrorists and serial killers. This reform should ensure that punishment is commensurate with the crime by including capital punishment in sentencing discussions.
Source: 2020 North Carolina Senate website EricaForUS.org Feb 7, 2020

Greg Murphy: Constitutional amendment to strengthen victims' rights

[Greg Murphy co-sponsored the bill called] Strengthening Victims' Rights (H551/S595). The proposed Bill would place a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot to expand the rights of victims. House Bill 551 would guarantee victims the following rights:
Source: North Carolina legislative voting record for H.551/S.595 Jun 27, 2018

Deborah Ross: No incarceration for nonviolent misdemeanors

Q: On Prisons: Switch money from prisons to preventive measures like education and social services?

Burr: Unknown. Did vote for easing mandatory minimum sentencing.

Ross: Increase community policing & no incarceration for nonviolent misdemeanors.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Holly Grange: Let ex-cons to apply for certain jobs without disclosure

I introduced legislation that would enable those convicted and served their sentences to be able to apply for certain jobs in State government without having to initially disclose their criminal history on the application. Applicants would be given the opportunity to explain their circumstances in the hiring process. This would reduce recidivism by those who have a criminal record who only want to earn a living and support their families.
Source: Port City Daily on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Oct 9, 2016

Holly Grange: Let ex-cons to apply for certain jobs without disclosure

I introduced legislation that would enable those convicted and served their sentences to be able to apply for certain jobs in State government without having to initially disclose their criminal history on the application. Applicants would be given the opportunity to explain their circumstances in the hiring process. This would reduce recidivism by those who have a criminal record who only want to earn a living and support their families.
Source: Port City Daily on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Oct 9, 2016

Ken Spaulding: Retry police officer who shot to death a young black man

Spaulding has been calling out Roy Cooper on a number of issues, especially the attorney general's decision not to retry a Charlotte police officer who shot to death a young black man, after a jury deadlocked 8-4 for acquittal. "I am not looking for anyone, whether black or white, to vote for me because I'm African-American," he said. "I'm looking for North Carolinians to vote for me because I am the best qualified and capable candidate, who can help pull this state back together."
Source: News-Observer on 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race Dec 3, 2015

Chris Rey: Started workforce development program for released prisoners

Since his election as Spring Lake's youngest ever mayor, the town has been noted for dramatic change for the better. Chris expanded town services to include new offices for a police substation, business incubator, and workforce development program for recently released prisoners.
Source: 2016 North Carolina Senate campaign website ChrisRey.com Sep 22, 2015

Deborah Ross: Allow statistical race evidence in death penalty cases

SB 416 Death Penalty Discrimination
Veto Override Passed House (72 - 48); Rep. Deborah Ross voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis: 2011-2012 North Carolina voting records Jul 2, 2012

Thom Tillis: Limit use of racial statistics in death penalty cases

Source: North Carolina House voting records (Votesmart synopses) Jul 2, 2012

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2020 Presidential contenders on Crime:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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