Bill Lee on Crime
Sentences should be upheld and violent offenders prioritized
You can be both tough and smart on crime. I have been involved with a men's prison ministry. We work with ex-offenders to help them pursue a life of purpose inspired by Christ and achieve a chance to right past wrongs. I have come to a deeper
understanding of how our criminal justice system works and how it can be improved. For one, we need truth-in-sentencing. Second, we must make sure our system prioritizes violent offenders over non-violent, creating a system that reduces recidivism.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Gubernatorial website BillLee.com
, Jul 4, 2018
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
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