ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Juan Ciscomani on Crime

Republican Juan Ciscomani is running for House of Representatives in Legislative District 29.  We asked him some questions on crime policy.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

Yes, private prisons are a cost-effective way to deal with the need for prison capacity.

Should we spend more on program that provide prisoners with vocational education while they are behind bars?

Prisoners should be required to work or study while in prison in order to prepare them for gainful employment when they are released to reduce recidivism.

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

Depending upon the offense, there are some for which alternatives could be viable.

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

I believe we should invest in preventative programs that are cost effective and proven to work.

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

The state should invest whatever it takes to ensure that state and local agencies have the necessary tools to prevent terrorist attacks in or through the State of Arizona.

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

This is a two-edged sword. A three-strikes out law for felony offenses may be appropriate, but it may also cause overcrowding in our prison capacity. We can explore the possibility of giving judges or juries the option depending upon the severity of the offense.

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