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Issue Position: Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice - Drugs - Gangs

We need to reform our criminal justice system to provide stronger penalties for drug dealers, gangs, and more intensive, long-term treatment for those trapped by an addiction to drugs or alcohol. As a person who has worked with youth all of my life, I have seen the potential of individuals when encouraged to pursue what is good and right. We need more intensive and effective treatment for young people on drugs, and we need stronger punishment for those who sell drugs. I am proud to have introduced and passed a bill that allows District Attorneys to question the source of bail funds for major criminals and drug dealers. Thanks to my legislation, felons can no longer use the money from their illegal activities to bail themselves out of jail. I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of the recently enacted Jessica's Law which will better protect our children and provide sure punishment for predators.


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