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John Neely Kennedy on Crime

Democratic Senate Challenger (LA)

 


Support death penalty for convicted child rapists

Kennedy released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling rejecting the death penalty for convicted child rapists: Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court is morally reprehensible. Speaking for the liberal majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, ‘The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child.’ That is outrageous. This is a wrong-headed, left-wing, activist decision that favors the perpetrators of a crime over its victims.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.johnkennedy.com, “Issues” , Jul 12, 2008

Don't compromise community safety with sentencing reform.

Kennedy voted NAY First Step Act

Congressional Summary:

Opposing press release from Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1):: The reform sentencing laws in this bill may compromise the safety of our communities. Criminals convicted of violent crimes would have the opportunity to achieve 'low risk' status and become eligible for early release. California already has similar laws in place--Propositions 47 and 57--which have hamstrung law enforcement and caused a significant uptick in crime.

Supporting press release from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10):: S. 756 establishes a new system to reduce the risk that [federal prisoners] will commit crimes once they are released. Critically, S. 756 would not only implement these reforms to our prison system, but it also takes a crucial first step toward addressing grave concerns about our sentencing laws, which have for years fed a national crisis of mass incarceration. The bill is a 'first step' that demonstrates that we can work together to make the system fairer in ways that will also reduce crime and victimization.

Legislative outcome: Concurrence Passed Senate, 87-12-1, on Dec. 18, 2018; Concurrence Passed House 358-36-28, Dec. 20, 2018; President Trump signed, Dec. 21, 2018

Source: Congressional vote 18-S756 on Dec 20, 2018

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