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Chris Lugo on Crime

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Strongly opposes the death penalty

Q: Your views on the death penalty?

A: I am in strong opposition to the death penalty. I was at the vigil for Sedley Alley, a Tennessean who was recently executed by the state of Tennessee without due process. Despite serious questions as to the reliability of his conviction, the state of Tennessee executed Sedley Alley. Alleys execution came only days after the Chicago Tribune revealed evidence that Texas executed an innocent man, Carlos De Luna, in 1989. Sedley Alley was convicted of the 1985 murder of Suzanne Marie Collins, but recently revealed evidence has led to questions about his guilt. Cases such as this reveal the inherent flaws in capital punishment and it is for this reason that I oppose it.

Source: Email interview on 2006 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 5, 2006

Strongly opposes "Three Strikes" sentencing laws

Q: Your views on mandatory "Three Strikes" sentencing laws?

A: Strongly Oppose. I do not support draconian measures to imprison poor people and minorities for life. I support reform of the prison industrial complex. One out of four African American men will spend at least some or a large part of their life under the jurisdiction of the prison industrial complex, whether in jail, about to go to jail, or on parole, the prison industrial complex has become the new slave master, criminalizing an entire generation of African American men. I support the re-introduction of programs eliminated by previous administrations such as education training, general education equivalency programs and college level educational access for those incarcerated. I support the elimination of convictions for drug use and instead support treatment programs for those in need of addiction treatment and counseling.

Source: Email interview on 2006 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 5, 2006

Other candidates on Crime: Chris Lugo on other issues:
TN Gubernatorial:
Phil Bredesen
TN Senatorial:
Bob Corker
Bob Tuke
Lamar Alexander


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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