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Tom Ridge on Crime

Secretary of Homeland Defense; Former Republican Governor (PA)


Supports victimís rights & death penalty

On crime, Ridge got the legislature to pass Meganís Law, a tougher rape law and a victimsí rights measure in 1995, and he has restored capital punishment by signing more than 100 death warrants; executions have followed.
Source: National Journal, the Almanac of American Politics Jan 28, 2000

More prisons; more death penalty

Source: Vote-smart 1998 Pennsylvania NPAT Jul 2, 1998

Stricter penalties; less parole

Source: Vote-smart 1998 Pennsylvania NPAT Jul 2, 1998

Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs.

Ridge adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

NGAís Position

Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA10 on Sep 14, 2001

Other governors on Crime: Tom Ridge on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
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ME John Baldacci
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