Sramblewatch Q&A with Trent Humphries on crime

Trent Humphries is one of three Republican candidates running for a seat in Legislative District 26 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions on crime policy.

Should we increase state funding for prison construction?

Probably not this year. I would like to see us get a little more evened out as far as our budget goes.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

If it’s feasible from a security standpoint then obviously we want to make sure we get good service and we’re not putting people at risk.

Should we spend more on programs that provide prisoners with vocational education while they’re behind bars?

To an extent. I think we have to use some sense and ask ourselves, “Are those vocational training programs actually going to go towards an area were its feasible that they might gain employment in that area?” It’s important to give economic opportunity to everyone.

Should we look at alternatives to imprisonment for non-violent offenders?

Oh sure. Obviously if you can use house arrest or other systems of monitoring to track certain people then that’s what you want to do. There is a whole subsection of people who parole works really well for as long as they are not a risk to society in general. As long as you don’t let them around areas were they can cause a problem, they’re ok.

Do you support “hate crimes” legislation that increases penalties for crimes based on race, ethnic backround, religious belief, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation?

No, a crime is a crime. I just don’t like the precedent it sets. Ya know if somebody commits a crime where they hurt somebody regardless of the reason for doing it they’re still wrong.

Should the state spend more on programs and facilities for at-risk youth?

Oh, obviously. If your going to straighten somebody out, the younger you get them, the better we are. I would like to see our money go to rehabilitation because it will save us more money in the future and ultimately be a better investment.

Should the state spend more on state and local agencies to fight terrorism?

Well, I think it should be multi-tasked and not just go towards terrorism. It should also go towards disaster relief. The Federal Government is quarterbacking the over all plan. I don’t know of any programs we can initiate that would trump anything they’ve already done.

Should the state have a “three-strikes” law that puts criminals behind bars for life for a third felony offense?

I’m not in favor of zero tolerance or three strike laws. I think we need to look at each case based on merit.


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