Democrat Ephraim Cruz is one of seven candidates running for two seats in the Legislative District 29 House of Representatives Democratic primary that voters will decide on Sept. 2. We asked him some questions about crime policy.
Should we increase state funding for prison construction?
I would like to see more funding in areas of prevention. And again, investing today in education and making people productive versus bolstering our corrections facilities to warehouse individuals that could otherwise be invested in better ways.
Should we have more contracts with private prisons?
In the realm of prisoner re-entry I’m a supporter of helping prisoners coming out of state prisons be rehabilitated and be reintegrated into society, helping them find jobs, helping them find residences and once again, making them be productive citizens so that, long-term, they’re a part of the community and not an outcast of the community.
Should we spend more on program that provide prisoners with vocational education while they are behind bars?
Should we look at alternatives to imprisonment for non-violent offenders?
I think that certain violations do not warrant being jailed. We should look at that.
Should the state spend more on programs and facilities for at-risk youth?
Should the state spend more on state and local agencies to fight terrorism?
Should the state have a “three-strikes” law that puts criminals behind bars for life for a third felony offense?
Depends on the violation. It should not be just across the board for every single crime.