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Ken Salazar on Crime

Democratic Jr Senator (CO)


Establish rights for crime victims

Ken Salazar and 49 fellow attorneys general are urging the US House of Representatives to pass S. 2329 and H.R. 4342, legislation to establish certain rights for crime victims in federal judicial proceedings. S.2329

“This legislation recognizes that violent crime victims, just as criminal defendants, are due certain guarantees and fairness in our criminal justice system,” Salazar said. [The bill establishes]:

Source: Attorney General’s office News Release, “Victim Rights” , Aug 11, 2004

Greater access to sex offender registration information

Source: Attorney General’s News Release, “Legislative Priorities” , Jan 5, 2004

Heinous crimes deserve the ultimate sanction

Attorney General Ken Salazar issued a statement today in response to the denial of certiorari by the US Supreme Court in the death penalty cases of George Woldt and Francisco Martinez, Jr. In May, Salazar sought US Supreme Court review of the Colorado Supreme Court’s rulings striking down the two death sentences. Based upon the US Supreme Court disposition today, the Woldt and Martinez cases will be remanded to the trial court for re-sentencing to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“These two defendants abducted, tortured, raped and murdered two young women. We exhausted all reasonable efforts to see that they received the appropriate sentences for their crimes,” Salazar said. “These heinous crimes committed by Woldt and Martinez deserve the ultimate sanction of law. While we are disappointed in the disposition announced on their death sentences, the outcome is that these individuals will be in prison for the rest of their lives without the possibility of parole,” said Salazar.

Source: Attorney General’s News Release, “Writ of Certiorari” , Oct 6, 2003

Streamline Colorado’s criminal sentencing statutes

Source: Attorney General’s News Release, “Legislative Priorities” , Jan 7, 2002

Limit post-conviction appeals, allow more restitution

Source: Attorney General’s News Release, “Legislative Priorities” , Jan 7, 2000

Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program.

Amendment would increase funding for the COPS Program to $1.15 billion for FY 2008 to provide state and local law enforcement with critical resources. The funding is offset by an unallocated reduction to non-defense discretionary spending.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

This amendment reinstates the COPS Program. I remind everyone, when the COPS Program was functioning, violent crime in America reduced 8.5% a year for 7 years in a row. Throughout the 1990s, we funded the COPS Program at roughly $1.2 billion, and it drove down crime. Now crime is rising again. The COPS Program in the crime bill worked, and the Government Accounting Office found a statistical link between the COPS grants and a reduction in crime. The Brookings Institution reported the COPS Program is one of the most cost-effective programs we have ever had in this country. Local officials urgently need this support.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

The COPS Program has some history. It was started by President Clinton. He asked for 100,000 police officers. He said that when we got to 100,000, the program would stop. We got to 110,000 police officers and the program continues on and on and on.

This program should have ended 5 years ago or 6 years ago, but it continues. It is similar to so many Federal programs that get constituencies that go on well past what their original purpose was. It may be well intentioned, but we cannot afford it and we shouldn't continue it. It was never thought it would be continued this long.

Reference: Biden Amendment; Bill S.Amdt.529 on S.Con.Res.21 ; vote number 2007-110 on Mar 23, 2007

Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program.

Salazar co-sponsored increasing funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program

COPS Improvements Act of 2007 - Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to make grants for public safety and community policing programs (COPS ON THE BEAT or COPS program). Revises grant purposes to provide for:

  1. the hiring or training of law enforcement officers for intelligence, antiterror, and homeland security duties;
  2. the hiring of school resource officers;
  3. school-based partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and local school systems to combat crime, gangs, drug activities, and other problems facing elementary and secondary schools;
  4. innovative programs to reduce and prevent illegal drug (including methamphetamine) manufacturing, distribution, and use; and
  5. enhanced community policing and crime prevention grants that meet emerging law enforcement needs.
    Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants to:
  1. assign community prosecutors to handle cases from specific geographic areas and address counterterrorism problems, specific violent crime problems, and localized violent and other crime problems; and
  2. develop new technologies to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in crime prevention.
Source: COPS Improvements Act (S.368/H.R.1700) 07-S368 on Jan 23, 2007

Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance.

Salazar co-sponsored reducing recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance

Legislative Outcome: Became Public Law No: 110-199.
Source: Second Chance Act (S.1060/H.R.1593) 08-S1060 on Mar 29, 2007

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