ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican David Gowan on Crime

Republican David Gowan is facing fellow Republican Frank Antenori and Democrat Andrea Dalessandro in the race for two seats in the House of Representatives in Legislative District 30. We asked him some questions on crime.

Should we increase state funding for prison construction?

It’s hard because we are in such a big hole. I like what Arpaio does. I think he has a good plan and he saves the county a lot of money. At the moment we have got to come out of our money crisis.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

I want to see how the ones that are out there are doing compared to the public ones. It’s not that I would support it or not, I would want to take a look at them and compare them.

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

Helping them earn their GED is Continue reading

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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 Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Pat Kilburn on Crime

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

Should we increase state funding for prison construction?

No, I think that we should use contract prisons and for non-violent offenders, we should consider options like residing in barracks type environment.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

Contract prisons are one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods to house criminals.

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

Yes I believe that by providing them with Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Matt Heinz on Crime

Democrat Matt Heinz is running for House of Representatives in Legislative District 29. We asked him some questions about crime policy.

Should we increase state funding for prison construction?

Incarceration is an important part of the judicial system but I would like to see as much money funneled into prevention and rehabilitation as possible. We keep filling up our prisons and building more. Take people who are addicted to meth, that is a medical problem, that’s not just a crime and it should be treated as such. It should be treated with both the disciplinary approach and people need to be actively rehabilitated and that is not happening. So I would say no to increasing funding to prisons unless they are also increasing funding for prevention and rehabilitation first.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

I don’t want to make a decision without all of the information in front of me which is what I think any responsible legislaturer should do and I’ll certainly look into that. But as a response I think that should be in control of the state.

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

Absolutely. That goes back to Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Daniel Patterson on Crime

Democrat Daniel Patterson is running for House of Representatives in Legislative District 29. We asked him some questions about crime policy.

Should we increase state funding for prison construction?

You know, I’m not sure whether we should or not. I’d have to look at it more closely. I am very troubled that in a lot of ways I think weve lost the emphesis on correction in our correction system and its much more focused on punishment. Now let’s not forget, we’re supposed to be rehabilitating people who have made mistakes. This is, of course, not murderers or rapists–some people need to be locked up for good. But in general, we’re supposed to rehabilitating people so they can reenter society and be productive citizens. We don’t have that. A lot of people get out of prison and they go right back to prison within a short amount of time. So I think by and large our prison sysetm is failing. And we’re spending huge amounts of money on this. This is over a billion dollars a year on the state budget. It’s a lot of money.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

Absolutely not. I do not support private prisons. I think putting a profit motive on locking people up is a very dangerous to our civil liberties and it’s a bad idea all around.

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

Absolutely. Again the focus has to be on Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Doug Sposito on Crime

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?

Yes.

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 tha
t 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 Continue reading

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican David Gowan on Crime

Having made it through the primaries, Republican David Gowan will run against Frank Antenori and Andrea Dalessandro in the general election for one of two seats in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions on crime.

Should we increase state funding for prison construction?

It’s hard because we are in such a big hole. I like what Arpaio does. I think he has a good plan and he saves the county a lot of money. At the moment we have got to come out of our money crisis.

Should we have more contracts with private prisons?

I want to see how the ones that are out there are doing compared to the public ones. It’s not that I would support it or not, I would want to take a look at them and compare them.

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

Helping them earn their GED is a good thing. I think our problem is allowing them to have cable TV and other extra-curricular things. Education is a different thing. Rehabilitation is the purpose.

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

I guess it depends on Continue reading