State of Tennessee Archives: on Crime

Bill Lee: Men of Valor: re-entry program for former offenders

Lee said the 2000 death of his wife of 16 years in a horse-riding accident on the family's farm changed his life, from inspiring him to volunteer to how he viewed his work. He helped in a YMCA program aimed at assisting at-risk youth and mentored in Men of Valor, a re-entry program for former offenders.

That led him to become part of the state Higher Education Commission and a governor's task force on sentencing and recidivism. Lee said he developed "a vision for something bigger."

"What if I could make my life better for six and a half million people? That was a compelling thought to me," he said. "That is really what drove me to consider running for governor."

Source: US News & World Report on 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial race Apr 23, 2017

David Kustoff: Fight violent crime; advocated for death penalty

Maintaining Law & Order: The safety of our country and community will be my top priority. As the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee under President Bush, I set my sights on cleaning up government and public corruption, and fighting violent crime and drugs. I oversaw the majority of the Tennessee Waltz trials that sent Senator John Ford and 12 other defendants to federal prison. I also advocated for the death penalty and sent criminals back home to their country of origin.
Source: 2016 Tennessee House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Gordon Ball: Where do the little people go for justice?

Adams wastes no time in relating what his audience may heard about the hugeness of his success as a lawyer to the details of his upbringing: "I grew up in a one-bedroom house trailer in Cocke County, Tennessee. My dad was a moonshiner, and at the time I was born he was a house guest of the federal government.

"Since '75, when I graduated from law school in Memphis, I've been trying to solve people's problems, and I've lived my life and my legal career by one thing an old farmer said to me one time. We were doing a film, and he looked right in the camera, and he said, `Where do the little people go for justice? Well, that's what my life has been about."

Source: Memphis Flyer on 2014 Tennessee Senate race Aug 6, 2014

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