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Art Small on Crime


No death penalty; provide rehabilitation

Source: 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Aug 15, 2004

Lower sentences for non-violent crimes

Source: 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Aug 15, 2004

Allow judges discretion in sentencing

Judges must be given greater latitude or discretion so that they can chose amongst sentencing options that permit the more cost-effective approaches to be used. Legislators must back away from their propensity to attempt to micromanage what sentences the judges can impose. Sentencing reform is needed and those who support it are not being "soft on crime" but are being realistic about what can work.
Source: Governor's study on Crime and Punishment in Iowa Dec 31, 2002

Involve faith-based providers in rehabilitation

Iowa should bring the reinventing government drive, championed by policy thinkers like David Osborne, to state and local probation so that fewer first-time felons become career criminals, waste years behind bars, never parent their children, and never work for a living. Non-government providers of such services, including faith-based providers, should be permitted to compete with government providers and be funded via contracts and vouchers.
Source: Governor's study on Crime and Punishment in Iowa Dec 31, 2002

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