As an experienced former Deputy Douglas County Attorney, Burke Harr understands the havoc crime can wreak on families and neighborhoods. Criminals not only victimize the people they prey on, they inflict collateral damage on the victims' families and their communities. Too often we hear that crime victims feel twice victimized: once by the perpetrator and a second time by the extraordinary amount of time it takes to wind through the courts with seemingly endless appeals. Make no mistake, Burke Harr is firmly committed to strengthening Nebraska's laws to make sure that those who seek to destroy our families and communities by perpetrating horrendous acts will be met with swift and certain accountability through our criminal justice system.
Providing a strong response to crime is important deterance. It is not the only answer. Equally important is getting at the problems that lead people to crime. Criminal acts are often the end result of living a life of abuse, neglect and poverty. Many crimes that are committed are crimes of desperation.