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Scott Keller on Crime

 


Address the root causes of crime, rather than Three Strikes

Q: What is your opinion on the statement, "Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws"?

A: Oppose. Crime rates in the US will dramatically lessen if we address the root causes of most crimes--imposed scarcity, poor economic models, and poor educational models among others. If someone gets to three strikes then the problem may really be ours, not theirs. This doesn't mean to be soft on crime, but rather to be harder on the roots of the problem rather than trying to only deal with the symptoms.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

Killing is no "payment" for a crime, not even a murder

Q: What is your opinion on the Death Penalty?

A: Strongly opposed. Killing someone does not bring about a "payment" for a crime, not even a murder. I think we can be more innovative and thoughtful and come up with ways that the criminal can be useful to society and useful to the victim's family rather than becoming murderers ourselves as a society.

Prison/jail needs to be a place of reform and repayment rather than just a place of needs-met isolation from society. I have a number of ideas and suggestions for how to make prison work for society rather than just being a burden on society. An example America could take after is the Norwegian prison system, which at first glance may seem to nice, but in reality, effectively lowers crime rates and rehabilitates criminals. We don't even try to rehabilitate people in prison and Jail any more.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

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