Doug Sposito is one of the four Republican candidates running for a seat in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions of crime policy.
Should we increase state funding for prison construction?
Should we have more contracts with private prisons?
I think that the privatization of prisons can also work.
Should we spend more on programs that provide prisoners with vocational education while they are behind bars?
I think that’s about right about now.
Should we look at alternatives to imprisonment for non-violent offenders?
I think that we already do that and our programs are pretty effective, but I also trust our county and city attorneys who are putting people behind bars that need to be behind bars.
Do you support “hate crimes” legislation that increases penalties for crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation?
I have trouble with hate crimes altogether. I mean, if someone beats up a guy and says I’m beating you because you like George Bush, should they get an extra 5 years? I think punishing people for the way they think is not a good path for government.
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?
No, I think that money should primarily come from the Federal Government. They are the ones writing all the laws that govern how we use that money therefore they need to do a better job getting those revenues.
Should the state have a “three-strikes” law that puts criminals behind bars for life for a third felony offense?
No, I think that we just need to elect judges who do their jobs better.