Issue Position: Criminal Justice

Issue Position

By:  Rick Perry
Location: Unknown

Gov. Perry supports appropriate, just punishment as a strong deterrent to criminal behavior. Texas has strong laws that protect the innocent and ensure convicted murders serve their time.

* Life without Parole Option. Gov. Perry signed legislation allowing juries the option of sentencing capital murderers to life without the possibility of parole, thereby eliminating future parole for persons convicted of capital murder.
* Jessica's Law. In 2007, Gov. Perry signed Jessica's Law to increase penalties on child sex offenders. Under this law, Texas can seek the toughest punishment allowable for the predators who commit crimes of this nature, including the sentence of life without parole.
* Protecting People against Drunk Drivers. As Lt. Governor, Perry backed lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to keep drunk drivers off Texas roads. As Governor, Perry signed legislation banning open containers of alcohol in vehicles, requiring interlock devices for drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher, and allowing prosecutors to seize and forfeit an offender's vehicle after a third DWI conviction.