Marco Rubio on Crime
False choice between rampant crime vs. overstretched prisons
Certain Roman Emperors had a practice of posting new criminal offenses so high up on columns in the Forum that subjects could not read them, nor hope to comply with them. This story is usually told as evidence of the madness and cruelty of those leaders.
As Americans, we deserve a criminal justice system that is neither mad, nor cruel, but fair and just--with criminal laws and regulations that are easy to understand and not prone to abuse.
Congress can begin the project of restoring a criminal justice system that both protects public safety and reflects our values as a free people.
We do not have to choose between the rampant criminality of the 1970s and
1980s and the overreaching criminal laws and overstretched prison resources we have today. Working together, those of us in government along with partners in civil society can work to restore an America characterized by liberty and law.
Source: Brennan Center for Justice essays, p. 98
, Apr 28, 2015
2000: Established West Miami's 1st bicycle patrol officers
With less than 2 years in office in West Miami, Rubio didn't have much of a record to run on. He had gotten some attention for establishing the city's 1st bicycle patrol officer. He called it the "cornerstone" of his campaign.
He had also showed an inkling of a trait that he would display many times as he climbed: rather than go to war with the people who opposed him politically, he tried to reason with them or bring them into his circle.
It wasn't an inviolable imperative, but there were many occasions when he sought to deal diplomatically with opponents
rather than pound them in public settings.
Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p. 92
, Jun 19, 2012
25 years ago, sister's husband made many mistakes
Univision led the evening newscast with the Cicilia report. The 3 minute report also included an excerpt from Rubio's campaign letter, read on air: "Quite simply, the pursuit of this story and the targeting of the
Senator's relatives, who are private citizens, it outrageous," the campaign wrote. "When Senator Rubio's sister's husband was a younger man
25 years ago, it is a fact that he made many mistakes. He and his family have paid the price for them.This is not news. This is tabloid journalism." The Univision report bothered Rubio deeply.
But the story generated almost no buzz. The mainstream media mostly ignored it, and in the few placed where it was mentioned it was usually derided.
Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.210-211
, Jun 19, 2012
Toughen laws against prostitution & sex trafficking
Rubio voted YES on HB1231, Prostitution Act (Passed House, 85-31)
State government synopsis: Increases penalties for procuring minor for prostitution; revises provisions re sex trafficking; revises provisions prohibiting deriving support or maintenance
from earnings of prostitution; provides for payments to persons who provide information that materially assists law enforcement in investigation of specified violations leading to felony convictions or withholdings of adjudication.
Source: Florida state legislative voting records
, Apr 27, 2007
Collect DNA of those convicted of sexually deviant behavior
Life Without Exception for Sexual Predators
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio
, Nov 1, 2006
- Expand the dangerous sexual felony offender law
- Expand DNA collection by 2012 to include all those convicted of felony offenses and those who have exhibited a propensity for sexually deviant behavior
through commission of specified misdemeanor offenses
- Enact laws to deny registered sex offenders and stalkers access to popular Internet networking sites
- Increase the risk and penalties for those engaged in the business of promoting sex crimes
Afford whistleblower status to everyone who reports sex crimes, even if they were involved in the act
- Increase funding for additional law enforcement resources to combat gang activities
- Increase the numbers of specialized prosecutors & gang-related
law enforcement officers, and establish training programs for them to develop better methods to combat gang and hate group activity
- Curb Endless Appeals by Convicted Felons
- Limit the time convicted felons have to appeal their sentences
Mandatory life sentence for repeat sex offenders
Convicted sexual criminals consistently display four times higher recidivism rates than those convicted of other crimes. Florida law enforcement officials currently collect DNA samples from people convicted of certain felony offenses. Florida has not
expanded the database to include samples from all convicted felons. However, many times those convicted of felonies have prior misdemeanor convictions that signal the likelihood that they will commit more serious crimes.
[We should] toughen prison
sentences to keep Florida's children safe from sexual predators, and expand DNA collection to include all felony offenses and sexually deviant misdemeanors. Florida should expand the dangerous sexual felony offender law to that all second-time sex
offenders are subject to a minimum 20-year sentence. The act will also provide a mandatory life sentence for all third-time offenders. It will also allow misdemeanor sex offenses to be enhanced to felonies and apply the enhanced penalties to those crimes
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas, by Marco Rubio, p. 65-66
, Nov 1, 2006
Endless death row appeals hinder justice
Problem: Endless appeals by convicted felons postpone a sense of finality and erode public confidence in the judicial system. Even in the simplest of criminal cases, post-conviction litigation frequently continues for a minimum of 3 years.
In death penalty cases the post-conviction process averages 12 years, but in some cases it has consumed up to 20 years before a warrant is signed. With over 370 inmates on death row in Florida, delays of this nature hinder justice for the victims and
erode public confidence in Florida's criminal justice system. Very few inmates receive actual relief from the current cumbersome, time-consuming, and expensive process.
Solution: Streamline the appeals process in criminal cases. Florida should create
a new, more efficient, less expensive process for reviewing criminal cases that instills more public confidence in the criminal justice system. This could be accomplished by limiting the time convicted felons have to appeal their sentences.
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas, by Marco Rubio, p. 74-75
, Nov 1, 2006
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