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Urban Issues: Crime

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Feb 23, 2004
 Â URBAN ISSUES - CRIME
• Gun Laws
• Policing/Sentencing
• Death Penalty

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John Edwards

Edwards opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits. He supports background checks at gun shows that are required for other gun sales.

Edwards supports the Community Oriented Policing Program that would put over 100,000 officers on the streets. He also urges the reform of probation and parole system to give more supervision to offenders released from prison. Edwards promises to end racial profiling in law enforcement.

Edwards supports the death penalty.

John Kerry

Kerry opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits. He supports background checks at gun shows that are required for other gun sales.

Kerry supports the Community Oriented Policing Program that would put over 100,000 police officers on the streets. He supports increased funding for drug rehabilitation programs, increased supervision for offenders after they are released from prison, and proposes a commission to review sentencing laws in order to assure that the penalties are appropriate to the crimes.

Kerry opposes the death penalty, except for terrorists.

Dennis Kucinich

Kucinich opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits. He supports background checks at gun shows that are required for other gun sales.

Kucinich does not support funding for the Community Oriented Policing Program. He supports vocational, job training, and job placement for inmates coming out of prison. He supports programs for drug treatment and reduced sentences for non-violent offenders. Kucinich advocates for programs for at-risk youth and imposing stricter penalties for white-collar crimes.

Kucinich opposes the death penalty.

Al Sharpton

Sharpton opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits. He supports background checks at gun shows that are required for other gun sales.

Sharpton does not support funding for the Community Oriented Policing Program. He supports vocational and job training for inmates coming out of prison. He supports programs for drug treatment and reduced sentences for non-violent offenders. He supports programs for at-risk youth and imposing stricter penalties for white-collar crimes. He promises to end racial profiling by police officers.

Sharpton opposes the death penalty.

George W. Bush

Bush opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits. He supports background checks at gun shows that are required for other gun sales.

Bush cut funding for the Community Oriented Policing Program, which some critics say hurt local police departments. Bush created a Project Safe Neighborhoods program aims to increase communication between federal and local authorities by establishing a specific contact person within the district U.S. attorney’s office who will ensure that local areas receive information and resources.

Bush supports the death penalty.

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