Believing that the primary responsibility of our state government is to promote law and order, I am committed to fighting crime and illegal drug use- -particularly among the young people in our district- -by supporting a criminal justice system in which criminals will be caught, the guilty will be convicted, and the convicted will serve their time. I agree with law enforcement officials, however, that the best way to reduce crime and illegal drug use is to prevent Marylanders from engaging in these activities in the first place.
- The addressing at the federal level the issue of equal penalties for the possession of both cocaine powder and crack cocaine ( Currently , for the possession of $2,000 worth of cocaine powder, the punishment is a release on one's own recognizance, whereas for the possession of a $10 bag of crack cocaine, which is made from cocaine powder, the penalty is 10 years in prison.)
- Support of legislation and/ or strategies that will require child-safety locks on all handguns; that will prevent adults and juveniles convicted of violent crimes from being able to purchase guns; and that will support anti-truancy, curfew, and after-school programs
- Support for a state-wide drug media campaign targeted at our state's young people and for drug prevention and treatment programs
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(authority William T. Dennis, Treasurer)