Bobby Jindal on Crime

Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)


Crack down on the horrific crime of human sex trafficking

We're committed to working with legislators to continue to crack down on the horrific crime of human trafficking. Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and children around the world become victims of a global sex trade. Victims are forced to sell these services by means of physical abuse, threats, lies, manipulation, and false promises for things like education or a place to stay.

This isn't a crime that is just happening in some faraway place. As we've seen from investigations by Louisiana State Police recently, it's happening here in Baton Rouge and across our state.

That's why we'll propose a legislative package to prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and protect the vulnerable and often forgotten victims of these terrible crimes.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to the Louisiana legislature , Mar 10, 2014

Open to method of execution but lethal injection ok

Q: In Louisiana, there will be the execution of a man next week by lethal injection. He was found guilty of murdering his six-year-old step-son. You are using the same two chemicals that are now under scrutiny because of an Ohio execution where it took ten minutes for the man to die, writhing in convulsion.

JINDAL: We've submitted the two-drug protocol to a federal court. So, the judge will have to decide whether we're allowed to proceed. We will likely support legislation in this session to give the Department of Corrections more options. And we actually have a different protocol. We weren't able to get that one-drug protocol. So, we're likely to go to the legislators this year to ask them to give the Department of Corrections other options. Like many states, we're not always able to find and secure these drugs.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Feb 2, 2014

Chemical castration for sexual predators

The internet has become the hub of predators, particularly sexual predators who prey on women and children. In Louisiana, we are doing everything we can to make these people miserable. Make no mistake, we are not just trying to stop those who would attac and abuse our young. No, that's far too modest a goal. We mean to do them harm and end their despicable crimes. So we now have some of the toughest sex offender laws in the country. I can tell you this--you really don't want to get caught harming women or children in Louisiana. We have taken steps to double and triple the sentences for anyone in our state who harms a child, but that's merely the tip of the iceberg. We even have chemical castration for sex offenders. Some people think this is a draconia measure. I certainly hope so. I conside chemical castration to be a treatment--and a powerful deterrent at the same time. The American public is ready for a crushing crack-down on these criminals.
Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.224 , Nov 15, 2010

Death penalty for violent child rape

I support the use of the death penalty in instances of violent child rape. What? The death penalty for a crime other than first degree murder? Yep, you heard me right. In Louisiana we had a law stipulating that if you violently rape a child under the age of twelve, you might face the death penalty. It was applied in a case in Harvey, Louisiana, a few years ago involving an eight-year-old girl who was violently raped by her stepfather. The case is too awful to describe here, but the girl suffered serious internal injuries and immense psychological trauma. As the prosecutor in the case rightfully put it, child rape is in some ways worse than homicide. The defendant was found guilty by a jury of his peers and sentenced to death. The decision was upheld in the appeals process, but in June 2008 the Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision.
Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.226-227 , Nov 15, 2010

Increase penalties on child predators and sex offenders

I will support legislation to increase penalties and background checks to make sure predators stay away from our kids--especially in our schools.

Next session, we will also work to take the next step in our involuntary civil commitment pilot program legislation passed last session. We will also work to impose additional penalties when sex offenders fail to submit to electronic monitoring as required by law.

We will improve the safety of our child-care facilities by increasing penalties when a sex offender is on the premises and penalize childcare providers who knowingly employ sex offenders. We will also improve licensing procedures to include the ability to revoke or suspend licenses for certain alleged crimes, including the facility allowing a sexual offender to be present on the premises.

We will protect our ballparks, cub scouts and other kid groups and teams by prohibiting a sex offender from volunteering to coach or participate in any way when activities include children.

Source: 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2009

Capital punishment for rape as well as murder

This week a couple of very important rulings show how important judicial appointments can be, both 5-4 rulings, one that impacted Louisiana directly, struck down our law that allows Louisiana to put to death those monsters that rape our children.

What was very disturbing to me --I disagreed with the courtís ruling, both because they said that the punishment was not proportional to the crime --it certainly seems to me that, if the stateís going to put to death any criminals, other than those that commit murder, certainly should be putting to death those that molest, that rape, that attack our children. Certainly the juries should have that option.

But what was really disturbing to me was part of the rationale of the ruling. The court said that it sensed emerging national consensus. It sounded to many that it looked like the court was taking opinion polls rather than reading the Constitution and interpreting the law.

Source: CNN Late Edition: 2008 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer , Jun 29, 2008

Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society.

H.R.1593: Second Chance Act of 2007: Community Safety Through Recidivism Prevention or the Second Chance Act (Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass). To reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and to improve reentry planning and implementation.

Proponents support voting YES because:

Rep. CONYERS: Some 650,000 men and women are leaving the Federal and State prisons each year. While the vast majority of the prisoners are committed to abiding by the law and becoming productive members of society, they often encounter the same pressures & temptations that they faced before prison. More than two-thirds of them are arrested for new crimes within 3 years of their release. This exacts a terrible cost in financial terms as well as in human terms. The Second Chance Act will help provide these men and women with the training, counseling and other support needed to help them obtain & hold steady jobs; to kick their drug and alcohol habits; rebuild their families; and deal with the many other challenges that they face in their efforts to successfully rejoin society.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

Rep. GOHMERT: The programs that are sought to be renewed are ones we don't have information on how successful they were. I can tell you from my days as a judge, there was some anecdotal evidence that it looked like faith-based programs did a better job of dramatically reducing recidivism. In addition:

Reference: Second Chance Act; Bill HR1593 ; vote number 2007-1083 on Nov 13, 2007

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