State of Kansas Archives: on Crime


Roger Marshall: Racism is wrong, but condemn defunding the police

Q: Is racism a threat to domestic security?

A: Any act of racism is wrong, and violent acts of racism are certainly threats to potential victims. I stand against racism in any form, and pray that our country can heal the racial and socioeconomic wounds that divide us. I was proud to support the first major criminal justice reform bill in a generation, and support Pres. Trump's executive order that will improve policing. I condemn the violent riots and Democrats' effort to defund the police.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Kansas Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Barbara Bollier: Supports the Justice in Policing Act

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Barbara Bollier: Yes. Supports the Justice in Policing Act. Against defunding police but supports reforms to "help end inequities in our systems that harm communities of color."

Roger Marshall: No. "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that the police have everything that they need to protect property and life."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Kansas Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Roger Marshall: Protests okay, but we have to be a land of law and order

Certainly I'm in favor of peaceful protest: it's our constitutional right to do that, but we have to be a land of law and order, we have to protect people's lives and property, and looting and rioting and vandalism is wrong, so whatever we need to do to calm the riots needs to happen. If we need to call up the National Guard, let's call them out, but so far--Kansas? Pretty stable [on Black Lives Matter]. I know we had a couple of little flare ups but I think we're going in the right direction.
Source: The Pittsburg Morning Sun on 2020 Kansas Senate race Jun 4, 2020

Barry Grissom: Clean up gang activity; target child sex offenders

As the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, Barry Grissom worked with law enforcement and civil rights advocates to improve community relations, founded Kansas's first Human Trafficking Working Group, helped clean up gang activity, oversaw Kansas's Project Safe Childhood program targeting child sex offenders and led the charge among federal authorities to break up a dogfighting ring responsible for capturing and abusing over 400 pit bulls.
Source: KWCH TV-12-CBS on 2020 Kansas Senate race Oct 17, 2019

Jeff Colyer: Caitlin's Law: strengthen penalties for repeat DUI offenders

Governor Jeff Colyer today signed HB 2439, also known as "Caitlin's Law" into law, joined by members of the Vogel family. The legislation is named for Caitlin Vogel who was tragically killed in 2016 by a repeat offender drunk driver in Johnson County.

"What happened to Caitlin was a terrible but preventable tragedy and we must do whatever we can as a government to try and prevent such deaths from happening in the future" said Governor Colyer.

The bill, which passed both legislative chambers unanimously, strengthens penalties for repeat DUI offenders who kill or seriously injure others.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House, 122-0-3 on Jan 26, 2018; passed Senate, 39-0-1 on Feb 21, 2018; signed into Law by Gov. Colyer, Mar 9, 2018

Source: Press release on Kansas legislative voting record HB 2439 Mar 9, 2018

Carl Brewer: Ensure safety with adequate funding and staffing

Adequate staffing of our prisons is essential to the effectiveness of our criminal justice system. Our courts must have the resources to dispense justice in a fair and timely manner. Our Highway Patrol must be properly staffed to meet the expectations of our traveling public. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation needs critical resources to support local law enforcement in criminal investigations.
Source: 2018 Kansas Gubernatorial website BrewerForKansas.com2018 K Sep 15, 2017

Randall Batson: Strongly opposes stricter punishment to reduce crime

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: Strongly Oppose.

Source: Email interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Eliminate mandatory minimums; balance with rehabilitation

Jails/Prisons: In our jails and prisons new directives are a must. Equilibrium is necessary between rehabilitation, retribution, skill training, and discipline within the penal system. Abuse of inmates shall not be tolerated. In judicial sentencing guidelines, elimination of mandatory minimums is necessary.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign site batson4senate.weebly.com Aug 31, 2014

Kris Kobach: Supports death penalty and mandatory minimums

Source: 2004 Kansas Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
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Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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