Senator Carona believes that effective law enforcement is the result of two important concepts:
strict enforcement of the law along with strong punishment, and
meaningful rehabilitation of those who have been incarcerated
"When Texas went through its major prison expansion in the 1990s, we expanded our facilities but we did not expand our rehabilitation programs," Senator Carona says.
"People who went into prison are now coming out of prison with no skills to successfully reintegrate into society. In my opinion, Texas has never sufficiently addressed this problem. We have to be smarter when determining how best to spend dollars allotted to criminal justice."
Senator Carona's personal beliefs on crime and rehabilitation mirror those of District 16 voters. He serves on the Criminal Justice Committee and, in that capacity, has extensively studied the issues and passed into law landmark legislation dealing with illegal drugs, human trafficking and juvenile delinquency.
For his leadership, Senator Carona has four times been named Legislative Crime Fighter of the Year by the North Texas Crime Commission.