Crime and Punishment
30 Apr 2014 adminPS
If elected I will propose or support legislation which:
Increases the public perception that punishment for crime is fair and reasonable.
Recent trends have seen some draconian minimum sentences for drug crimes. The system has never adequately punished white collar criminals, and it may actually increase white collar crime because the sentences are often a slap on the wrist. It is not uncommon to see a small time 19 year old drug dealer put away for life while a 40 year old man who has swindled 20 retirees of their lifetime savings gets 18 months.
Drug dealers should be severely punished, but not given life sentences. It not only ends the drug dealer’s life, but it is enormously expensive for the State of Michigan. The sentence means fifteen other Michigan 19 year olds will see every penny of state tax they pay for their lifetimes used to keep the drug dealer in prison.
White Collar Crime
White collar sentencing guidelines need to be looked at and revised substantially. You can start with life sentences for major Medicare fraud, and life sentences for financial scammers who take life savings from large numbers of victims.
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