Frederica Wilson on Crime



Restore voting rights for felons

Her tenure in Tallahassee has been recognized both for her effectiveness and her ability to work across party lines. While others have merely spoken about bipartisanship, Senator Wilson has practiced it.

She joined with Governor Charlie Crist to achieve the restoration of voting rights for felons. Senator Wilson's legislative career has been one of significant accomplishment.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, fredericawilsonforcongress.com , Nov 2, 2010

Opposes the death penalty.

Wilson opposes the PVS survey question on the death penalty

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 16% did so in the 2010 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 10-PVS-q8 on Nov 2, 2010

Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators.

Wilson signed Pill Mill Crackdown Act

    The Pill Mill Crackdown Act of 2011: Amends the Controlled Substances Act to:
  1. double the term of imprisonment and triple the fine for the prohibited distribution of a schedule II or schedule III controlled substance by the operator of a pill mill,
  2. increase the penalties for such operator distribution of a controlled substance to a person under age 21 from twice to thrice the maximum punishment or term of supervised release authorized, and
  3. exclude such operator distribution from the applicability of provisions authorizing an alternative fine of not more than twice the gross profits or other proceeds derived by a defendant from a drug offense.
      Expresses the sense of Congress that such prohibited operator distribution is a violation for which certain property is subject to forfeiture.
      • Requires the proceeds from disposition of such property to be used for controlled substance monitoring programs in the states and for block grants to states for community mental health services and for prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
      • Changes the classification of specified quantities of dihydrocodeinone from a schedule III to a schedule II controlled substance.
      Source: H.R.1065 11-HR1065 on Mar 14, 2011

      Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs.

      Wilson co-sponsored Youth PROMISE Act

      Congressional Summary:Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act or the Youth Promise Act:

      • Establish a PROMISE Advisory Panel to assess and develop standards and evidence-based practices to prevent juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity.
      • Collect data to assess the needs and existing resources for juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention.
      • Implement PROMISE plans, developed by local PROMISE Coordinating Councils (PCCs), for coordinating and supporting the delivery of juvenile delinquency and gang prevention and intervention programs in local communities.
      • Establishes a National Research Center for Proven Juvenile Justice Practices to provide PCCs and the public with research and other information about evidence-based practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang prevention or intervention.
      • Awards grants to institutions of higher education to serve as regional research partners with PCCs that are located in the same geographic region as the educational institution.

      Opponent's argument against bill: (Dissenting views on

      Source: H.R.1318 13-H1318 on Mar 21, 2013

      Sponsored providing defense lawyers for all indigent defendants.

      Wilson co-sponsored House Resolution on court policy

        Congressional RESOLUTION supporting the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel.
      • WHEREAS on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court recognized in Gideon v. Wainwright that counsel must be provided to indigent defendants in all felony cases;
      • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held that providing counsel to indigent defendants in all felony cases meets the essential requirements of the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution; and
      • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held in Argersinger v. Hamlin that absent a knowing and intelligent waiver, no person may be imprisoned for any offense, whether classified as petty, misdemeanor, or felony, unless they were represented by counsel at their trial:
        Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives--
      1. supports the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel; and
      2. supports strategies to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that indigent defendants in all felony cases are ade
        Source: H.RES.196 13-HRes196 on May 3, 2013

        Rated 85% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance.

        Wilson scores 85% by the NAPO on crime & police issues

        Ratings by the National Association of Police Organizations indicate support or opposition to issues of importance to police and crime. The organization's self-description: "The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

        "Increasingly, the rights and interests of law enforcement officers have been the subject of legislative, executive, and judicial action in the nationís capital. NAPO works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned. The following list includes examples of NAPOís accomplishments:

        • Enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act
        • Enactment of the National AMBER Alert Act
        • Enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act
        • Enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
        • Enactment of the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act (Right to Carry Legislation)

        VoteMatch scoring for the NAPO ratings is as follows:

        • 0%-50%: soft on crime and police issues;
        • 50%-75%: mixed record on crime and police issues;
        • 75%-100%: tough on crime and police issues.
        Source: NAPO ratings on Congress and politicians 2014_NAPO on Dec 31, 2014

        2017-18 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Crime: Frederica Wilson on other issues:
        FL Gubernatorial:
        Adam Putnam
        Alexander Snitker
        Andrew Gillum
        Charlie Crist
        Gwen Graham
        Philip Levine
        Rick Scott
        Ron DeSantis
        Wayne Messam
        FL Senatorial:
        Alan Grayson
        Bill Nelson
        Carlos Lopez-Cantera
        Charlie Crist
        David Jolly
        Edward Janowski
        Marco Rubio
        Pam Keith
        Patrick Murphy
        Rick Scott
        Ron DeSantis

        Freshman class of 2019:
        "Freshman class" means "not in Congress in January 2017", with exceptions:
        * Special election, so sworn in other than Jan. 2019
        ** Served in Congress in a previous term
        *** Lost recount or general election
        Freshman class of January 2019 (Republicans):
        FL-6:Waltz ; FL-15:Spano ; FL-17:Steube
        MN-1:Hagedorn ; MN-8:Stauber
        OH-12*:Balderson ; OH-16:Gonzalez
        PA-9:Meuser ; PA-11**:Smucker ; PA-12*:Keller ; PA-13:Joyce ; PA-14:Reschenthaler
        TN-2:Burchett ; TN-6:Rose ; TN-7:Green
        TX-2:Crenshaw ; TX-3:Taylor ; TX-5:Gooden ; TX-6:Wright ; TX-21:Roy ; TX-27*:Cloud
        VA-5:Riggleman ; VA-6:Cline
        Freshman class of January 2019 (Democrats):
        AZ-2**:Kirkpatrick ; AZ-9:Stanton
        CA-49:Levin ; CA-10:Harder ; CA-21:Cox ; CA-25:Hill ; CA-39:Cisneros ; CA-45:Porter ; CA-48:Rouda
        CO-2:Neguse ; CO-6:Crow
        FL-26:Mucarsel-Powell ; FL-27:Shalala
        IA-1:Finkenauer ; IA-3:Axne
        IL-4:Garcia ; IL-6:Casten ; IL-14:Underwood
        MA-3:Trahan ; MA-7:Pressley
        MI-8:Slotkin ; MI-9:Levin ; MI-13:Tlaib ; MI-13*:Jones ; MI-11:Stevens
        MN-2:Craig ; MN-3:Phillips ; MN-5:Omar
        NJ-2:Van Drew ; NJ-3:Kim ; NJ-7:Malinowski ; NJ-11:Sherrill
        NM-1:Haaland ; NM-2:Torres Small
        NV-3:Lee ; NV-4**:Horsford
        NY-14:Ocasio-Cortez ; NY-11:Rose ; NY-19:Delgado ; NY-22:Brindisi ; NY-25:Morelle
        PA-4:Dean ; PA-5:Scanlon ; PA-6:Houlahan ; PA-7:Wild ; PA-17*:Lamb
        TX-7:Fletcher ; TX-16:Escobar ; TX-29:Garcia ; TX-32:Allred
        VA-2:Luria ; VA-7:Spanberger ; VA-10:Wexton
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