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Amy Klobuchar on Crime

DFL Sr Senator (MN)

 


Supports prison reform & treatment over punishment

Klobuchar supported the bipartisan First Step Act, a reform of the federal prison system, in the Senate. At an Axios event, Klobuchar, whose father suffered from alcoholism, spoke personally to the treatment vs. prison debate: "Treatment changed my dad's life. In his own words, he was 'pursued by grace.' I think other people should have the same right."
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , May 3, 2019

We must address human trafficking abroad and domestically

Here is one challenge: today, millions of people in the world are held in forced labor or sexual servitude. Human trafficking hits home for me. I'm a former prosecutor. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton took the international report on trafficking--the one nations use to improve their prosecutions--and she made our country accountable. She added the US to that list. Because she knows that if we are going to be a beacon for the world, then we have to get our own house in order.

Human trafficking is the third biggest criminal enterprise in the world. As long as ISIS is selling girls for $165, and parents in Nigeria are left with nothing but bows and arrows to chase the terrorists who steal their daughters, we will never have a just and good world. Because when women are held back, democracies falter. When women are bound and treated as sex slaves, tyrants rule. Opportunity for women is not a sign of a country's weakness, it is a sign of a nation's strength.

Source: Speech at 2016 Democratic National Convention , Jul 26, 2016

Victims want convictions, but also want to trust courts

[On work with victim witness group]: All of our victims' surveys showed that while charges and convictions were the gold standard and of course the best outcome with regard to public safety, trust in our office was still an important intangible quality that determined how victims felt about "the system." That was a lesson I shared during the recent debate about sexual assault in the military: bringing cases whenever possible is key, but carefully reviewing all of the evidence and explaining your reasoning to the victim is critical for building trust.

We would always explain to victims that even when the County Attorney's Office didn't have enough evidence to bring charges, the decision to come forward and provide assistance still mattered and made a difference. Their evidence would be kept on file, and it might prove to be a deciding factor in a future case. Years later, that's why I fought hard to add provisions to federal law to preserve records of sexual assaults in the military.

Source: The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar, p.150-1 , Aug 24, 2015

People who break the law need to be held accountable

[Before Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Roland Amundson] became a judge, Amundson managed a woman's disabled trust. The woman was an adult, but her mental capacity was comparable to that of a three-year-old. Judge Amundson was stealing from it and using the money for his own purposes.

Ultimately, he stole about $400,000 from the trust, and he did it while serving as a judge on the Minnesota court of Appeals. His crime was unprecedented.

My view? [As I said to the New York Times] "I believe he was greedy and wanted to live a lifestyle that he didn't have the money to live." He had to go to prison.

Despite the fervent testimony of Admunson's many witnesses, we got the sentence we asked for. When people break the law, they need to be held accountable, no matter who they are or who they know or who they hire as a lawyer.

Source: The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar, p.173-5 , Aug 24, 2015

Lock up predatory sex offenders indefinitely

Aggressive prosecution of those who victimize children has been a top priority [of mine as a prosecutor], and my office has also been at the forefront in using civil commitment laws to lock up predatory sex offenders indefinitely. Federal support is important to local law enforcement and the criminal justice system to make sure sex offenders can be tracked, because we know they’re not afraid to move across state lines. [I support] publicly-available national database of sex offenders.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.amyklobuchar.com, “Issues” , Jan 18, 2006

Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program.

Amendment would increase funding for the COPS Program to $1.15 billion for FY 2008 to provide state and local law enforcement with critical resources. The funding is offset by an unallocated reduction to non-defense discretionary spending.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

This amendment reinstates the COPS Program. I remind everyone, when the COPS Program was functioning, violent crime in America reduced 8.5% a year for 7 years in a row. Throughout the 1990s, we funded the COPS Program at roughly $1.2 billion, and it drove down crime. Now crime is rising again. The COPS Program in the crime bill worked, and the Government Accounting Office found a statistical link between the COPS grants and a reduction in crime. The Brookings Institution reported the COPS Program is one of the most cost-effective programs we have ever had in this country. Local officials urgently need this support.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

The COPS Program has some history. It was started by President Clinton. He asked for 100,000 police officers. He said that when we got to 100,000, the program would stop. We got to 110,000 police officers and the program continues on and on and on.

This program should have ended 5 years ago or 6 years ago, but it continues. It is similar to so many Federal programs that get constituencies that go on well past what their original purpose was. It may be well intentioned, but we cannot afford it and we shouldn't continue it. It was never thought it would be continued this long.

Reference: Biden Amendment; Bill S.Amdt.529 on S.Con.Res.21 ; vote number 2007-110 on Mar 23, 2007

Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program.

Klobuchar co-sponsored increasing funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program

COPS Improvements Act of 2007 - Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to make grants for public safety and community policing programs (COPS ON THE BEAT or COPS program). Revises grant purposes to provide for:

  1. the hiring or training of law enforcement officers for intelligence, antiterror, and homeland security duties;
  2. the hiring of school resource officers;
  3. school-based partnerships between local law enforcement agencies and local school systems to combat crime, gangs, drug activities, and other problems facing elementary and secondary schools;
  4. innovative programs to reduce and prevent illegal drug (including methamphetamine) manufacturing, distribution, and use; and
  5. enhanced community policing and crime prevention grants that meet emerging law enforcement needs.
    Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants to:
  1. assign community prosecutors to handle cases from specific geographic areas and address counterterrorism problems, specific violent crime problems, and localized violent and other crime problems; and
  2. develop new technologies to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in crime prevention.
Source: COPS Improvements Act (S.368/H.R.1700) 07-S368 on Jan 23, 2007

Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees.

Klobuchar co-sponsored Crime Victim Restitution and Court Fee Intercept Act

Congressional Summary:

Source: HR1416/S755 11-S0755 on Apr 7, 2011

Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues.

Klobuchar scores 64% by the NAPO on crime & police issues

Ratings by the National Association of Police Organizations indicate support or opposition to issues of importance to police and crime. The organization's self-description: "The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

"Increasingly, the rights and interests of law enforcement officers have been the subject of legislative, executive, and judicial action in the nation’s capital. NAPO works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned. The following list includes examples of NAPO’s accomplishments:

VoteMatch scoring for the NAPO ratings is as follows:

Source: NAPO ratings on Congress and politicians 2014_NAPO on Dec 31, 2014

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