George W. Bush 2000 On The IssuesCrime
Governor Bush believes that the best way to protect the innocent is to fully enforce the law and to ensure swift and sure punishment for criminals. During his term in office as Governor of Texas, he has made combating juvenile crime a top priority. As a result of his tough policies, violent crime in Texas is down 20 percent and violent juvenile crime is down 44 percent. Governor Bush also advocated and signed legislation providing comprehensive juvenile justice reform, tougher sex offender laws, longer sentences for violent repeat offenders, and zero tolerance for drunk driving.
Governor Bush’s Approach
Juvenile Crime: As Governor, combating juvenile crime has been a top priority. In 1995, Governor Bush called for and signed legislation overhauling Texas’ outdated juvenile justice laws. The new laws restored responsibility and tough consequences for crimes committed by juveniles. As a result, juvenile crime is down 17 percent in Texas – the first decline in over a decade – and violent juvenile crime is down 44 percent.
The Responsibility Era: Governor Bush has consistently called for ushering in what he calls the “Responsibility Era” – a message that tells children that there are right choices in life and wrong choices in life. He has consistently called for increased character education funding, abstinence education, and a dramatic expansion of after-school programs. He also supports providing teachers and school administrators the necessary authority and legal protections to enact a zero-tolerance policy for disruptive behavior in the classroom. Governor Bush believes that a good education is the best long-term criminal justice program.
Consequences: Governor Bush believes the laws should be fully enforced and that criminal conduct should have serious consequences. In his two terms as Governor he has advocated and signed comprehensive reforms toughening the juvenile justice code, abolishing a mandatory release law for certain violent offenders, effectively ending parole for violent repeat offenders, passing some of the toughest sex offender laws in the country, and restoring a provision making it a felony to assault a police officer. As a result, overall crime in Texas decreased 14 percent and violent crime decreased 20 percent.
Governor Bush’s Policies
As a governor, Governor Bush understands that state and local authorities are largely responsible for combating violent crime. He believes the Federal government’s role in criminal justice is primarily international and multi-jurisdictional, including tough policies against organized crime, drug cartels, and international terrorism. In addition to this role, Governor Bush believes the Federal government can do more to improve our criminal justice system:
1. Enforce federal gun laws. Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, federal gun prosecutions have dropped 46%. Governor Bush will give prosecutors the resources they need to aggressively enforce our gun laws and will provide more funding for aggressive gun law enforcement programs such as Texas Exile and Project Exile in Richmond, Virginia. In addition, he supports the Republican legislation to allow active and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
2. Develop and promote successful criminal justice initiatives, such as the abolition of parole and truth in sentencing in the federal system.
3. Support state and local law enforcement with federal funding, technical assistance where needed, and a national database to help state and local police identify, track, and arrest fugitives who move across jurisdictional lines and to prosecute serious hate crimes where local jurisdictions lack the resources to do so.
4. Promote federal and state partnerships to develop advanced technology to help police work both smarter and more efficiently.
5. Combating terrorism. Governor Bush strongly opposed the granting of clemency to 16 FALN terrorists by the Clinton-Gore Administration. He believes that, as a nation, we must have zero tolerance for terrorism
Under Governor Bush Texans are Safer:
Juvenile Justice Laws Provide Tougher Penalties and Consequences:
Abolished mandatory release of inmates and increased parolee supervision:
Increased Capacity for Juvenile Offenders:
Toughened Laws for Sex Offenders:
Strengthened the Penal Code:
Streamlined Death Row Appeals:
Cracked Down On Stalkers:
Cracked Down On Domestic Violence:
Source: George W. Bush for President 2000 Web Site
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