Steve Beshear on Crime



Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin filed five executive orders to start reshaping state government along conservative ideological lines, including one that reversed earlier executive orders by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to restore voting rights to felons.

Bevin suspended Beshear's Nov. 24 executive order that automatically restored the right to vote to most nonviolent felons who have served out their sentences--a pool that potentially included many tens of thousands of Kentuckians.

"While I have been a vocal supporter of the restoration of rights," Bevin said in a prepared statement, "it is an issue that must be addressed through the legislature and by the will of the people." Restoration of civil rights includes the right to vote, to serve on a jury, to hold elected office and to obtain a professional or vocational license.

Source: Lexington Herald Leader on 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial race , Dec 22, 2015

Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1996

Limit death penalty appeals; impose it for drug traffickers

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1996

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