Our prosecutors, State Troopers, sheriffs and local police officers work hard, and they count on the legislature to give them the tools they need to keep our communities safe. That's why Jim Mathias helped pass tough new laws to crack down on sexual predators and gangs, and opposed the effort to repeal the state's death penalty.
Jim led the fight to crack down on sexual predators. He voted repeatedly for tough mandatory minimum prison sentences and increasing post-prison supervision, including lifetime supervision for the most violent offenders. He helped to improve community notification, to strengthen registry requirements, and to prohibit pre-trial release of a criminal defendant who is a registered sex offender.
Gangs are no longer simply an urban problem, as gang activity has spread to every county in the state. Jim partnered with prosecutors to pass a tough anti-gang law, so that prosecutors are better positioned to secure convictions against gang members. Jim also partnered with educators and law enforcement officials to pass the Safe Schools Act, so that they can target and deal with gang activity in our schools.
Jim understands that corrections officers play a critical role in our public safety system, and he knows that they face unique challenges in our prisons. He helped pass a Correctional Officer Bill of Rights and fought to protect prisons from budget cuts.