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Dick Zimmer on Crime

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Signature achievement is "Megan's Law" for sex offendors

One of Dick Zimmer's signature achievements is the federal "Megan's Law." Named for Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old New Jersey girl murdered by a sexual predator, the law ensures that neighbors are notified of the presence of sexual offenders in their communities.
Source: Campaign website, www.zimmerforsenate.com, "Issues" May 2, 2008

No frills prisons: no luxuries at taxpayer expense

Zimmer wrote and won passage of "no frills prisons" legislation to make sure prisoners are not provided with perks and luxuries at taxpayer expense. The legislation eliminated perks such as in-cell cable television, R-rated movies and martial arts training.
Source: Campaign website, www.zimmerforsenate.com, "Issues" May 2, 2008

Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals.

Vote on an amendment to delete provisions in the bill that would make it harder for prisoners who have been given the death penalty in state courts to appeal the decision on constitutional grounds in the federal courts ['Habeas Corpus'].
Bill HR 2703 ; vote number 1996-64 on Mar 14, 1996

Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder.

Vote on a bill to make it harder for prisoners who have been given the death penalty in state courts to appeal the decision on constitutional grounds in the federal courts.
Bill HR 729 ; vote number 1995-109 on Feb 8, 1995

Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment.

Amendment to replace death penalty crimes in the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill with life imprisonment.
Bill HR 4092 ; vote number 1994-107 on Apr 14, 1994

Megan's Law: public list of sexually violent offenders.

Zimmer introduced Megan's Law: public list of sexually violent offenders

Megan's Law - Amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to require the release of relevant information to protect the public from sexually violent offenders:

Source: Megan's Law (H.R.2137) 95-H2137 on Jul 27, 1995

Prevent luxurious conditions in prisons.

Zimmer introduced preventing luxurious conditions in prisons

To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to prevent luxurious conditions in prisons. The "No Frills Prison Act" requires each State, to be eligible for truth in sentencing incentive grants, to demonstrate that it:

  1. provides living conditions and opportunities within its prisons that are not more luxurious than those that the average prisoner would have experienced if not incarcerated;
  2. does not provide to any such prisoner specified benefits or privileges, including earned good time credits, less than 40 hours a week of work that either offsets or reduces the expenses of keeping the prisoner or provides resources toward restitution of victims, unmonitored phone calls (with exceptions), in-cell television viewing, possession of pornographic materials, instruction or training equipment for any martial art or bodybuilding or weightlifting equipment, or dress or hygiene other than as is uniform or standard in the prison; and
  3. in the case of a prisoner serving a sentence for a crime of violence which resulted in serious bodily injury to another, does not provide housing other than in separate cell blocks intended for violent prisoners, less than nine hours a day of physical labor (with exceptions), any release from the prison for any purpose unless under physical or mechanical restraint and under constant supervision of at least one armed correctional officer, or any viewing of television.
    Source: No Frills Prison Act (H.R.663) 95-HR663 on Jan 24, 1995

    Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors.

    Zimmer introduced the Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act

    Corresponding House bill is H.R.3456. Became Public Law No: 104-236.
    Source: Bill sponsored by 15 Senators and 3 Reps 96-S1675 on Apr 16, 1996

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