State of Delaware Archives: on Crime


James DeMartino: Support our police ; restore law and order

Q: In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

A:

  1. Restore Law and Order. We must enforce our laws to protect our citizen's lives and property, a main function of government. I will support our police and their funding requirements. Our constitutional rights must be protected and anarchy in the streets must be prevented.
  2. Economic growth and job creation. Restore our economy as soon as possible and further reduce unemployment below 2019 levels. This will be achieved by further reduction of government regulations on small businesses.
  3. Healthcare must be truly affordable for individuals and small businesses. We need insurance companies to provide effective coverage and competitive pricing. Government bureaucracy cannot control healthcare, medical decisions must be made by medical professionals. Individuals should be able to select the coverage they need and know what they are paying for with itemized bills.
Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Delaware Senate race Nov 3, 2020

John Carney: Gangs should accept help or be prepared to go to prison

Carney said Wilmington crime is coming from a small number of gang-affiliated groups in poor neighborhoods across the city. "We give them a choice. You either take the choice and assistance with us and our social services, or we're going to bring down the law hard on you and send you to prison for a long time," he said.

On the subject of crime, [opponent Julianne] Murray said racial justice and law enforcement can operate together and a partnership is needed. Bad cops need to be removed to create confidence between law enforcement agencies and the communities served, she said.

Source: Cape Gazette on 2020 Delaware Gubernatorial race Oct 17, 2020

Julianne Murray: Remove bad cops to create confidence in law enforcement

On the subject of crime, Murray said racial justice and law enforcement can operate together and a partnership is needed. Bad cops need to be removed to create confidence between law enforcement agencies and the communities served, she said. Carney said Wilmington crime is coming from a small number of gang-affiliated groups in poor neighborhoods across the city. "We give them a choice. You either take the choice and assistance with us and our social services, or we're going to bring down the law hard on you and send you to prison for a long time," he said.
Source: Cape Gazette on 2020 Delaware Gubernatorial race Oct 17, 2020

John Carney: Inmates should leave prison better than when they entered

Last year, I signed an Executive Order to help ex-offenders more successfully reenter their communities. This year, all inmates sentenced to more than a year in custody get individualized plans as soon as they enter prison. The plans focus on drug treatment, education, and job skills. It's in everyone's interest that these individuals leave prison better off than when they entered.
Source: 2020 Delaware State of the State address Jan 23, 2020

Jessica Scarane: End mass incarceration in favor of rehabilitation

Restore the right to vote for all currently and formerly incarcerated people
  • End the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Legalize marijuana, expunge the records of people convicted of federal marijuana crimes, and decriminalize all drugs
  • Decriminalize sex work & fully repeal SESTA/FOSTA
    Source: 2020 Delaware Senate campaign website JessForDelaware.com Nov 30, 2019

    John Carney: Help ex-offenders back into community

    I signed an Executive Order to help ex-offenders more successfully reenter their communities. We're creating individualized plans for each inmate. The goal is to give them the drug treatment, education, and job skills they need to survive on the outside. Bottom line is really quite simple: over 90 percent of inmates will eventually leave prison. We need to make sure they're better off when they leave prison than when they got there in the first place.
    Source: 2019 State of the State address to Delaware legislature Jan 17, 2019

    James DeMartino: No death penalty, because pro-life

    Q: Delaware's Supreme Court ruled the state's death penalty law unconstitutional, but the Legislature could change the law to reinstate it. Would you support a bill to do that? Why or why not?

    DeMartino: No. I am Pro-Life.

    Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2020 Delaware Senate race Aug 20, 2018

    Lisa Blunt Rochester: Systemic problems in judicial system affect people of color

    Public Safety: "At the end of the day, making sure our families are safe is the most important job we can do."--Lisa Blunt Rochester

    I still remember the day that I jumped into my car, in my pajamas, when my son called and told me he had been pulled over. For far too many mothers like me, our strong need and desire to have the safest streets possible is complicated by the reality that, unfortunately, systemic problems exist within our judicial system that disproportionately affect people of color.

    Source: 2016 Delaware House campaign website LisaBluntRochester.com Nov 8, 2016

    John Carney: Rehabilitating offenders is key to safer communities

    Like everyone, John wants to make sure we are keeping dangerous criminals off our streets. But he also knows that rehabilitating offenders and helping them become employed and productive members of society are the keys to safer communities. Even more important is preventing our young people from turning to a life of crime in the first place. As governor, he will work to:
    Source: 2016 Delaware Gubernatorial campaign website, JohnCarney.org Sep 9, 2016

    Colin Bonini: Apply "hate crime" to police and firefighters

    Original Synopsis: This Act would add an additional criminal penalty if the offense committed was due to the victim being a law-enforcement officer, a volunteer firefighter, a full-time firefighter, emergency medical technician, paramedic, fire police officer, fire marshal, correctional officer, a sheriff, a deputy sheriff, public transit operator, a code enforcement constable or a code enforcement officer. Existing Act defines hate crime as applying only to sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Legislative outcome:Bonini was Primary Sponsor for SB 263; bill died in Committee without a vote.

    Source: Delaware legislative voting records: SB 263 Jun 7, 2016

    Jack Markell: Increase services for prisoners to reduce recidivism

    Through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, we've given courts risk assessment tools to help determine whether a defendant can remain in the community while awaiting trial. And we have supported community-based supervision programs as effective alternatives to incarceration for lower-risk offenders. More than 95% of offenders will eventually leave prison. That's why we have begun to implement a more just and cost-effective criminal justice system that provides treatment and job training to prepare inmates to contribute to our state when released.
    Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature Jan 21, 2016

    Jack Markell: Make it easier for felons to vote

    Right now, a person with a felony conviction can vote as soon as his or her probation is complete, but only if he or she has paid all fines and fees. People should pay up, but their ability to participate in democracy should not depend on their ability to pay. Let's join the more than 40 other states that have no financial bar to exercising the most American of rights, the right to vote.
    Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature Jan 21, 2016

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