The first role of government is to enforce and maintain law and order. Missouri's next governor must be committed to supporting our law enforcement officers, reducing crime, and making our streets safe again. That has been the top priority of my campaign and will be the top priority of my administration. Under the current liberal leadership from Governor Nixon and Attorney General Koster, our crime has sky-rocketed because our peace officers have not been adequately supported. We must improve the relationships between state government and local municipalities and the communities they serve. Throughout my time in office as Lt. Governor, I've built relationships with our leaders in the urban areas and have shown my commitment to working with them to build stronger communities and safer streets.
The key to reducing crime in Missouri is two-fold. First, we must create opportunity through jobs and education in our urban areas. It’s proven that when job prospects and test scores fall, crime rises. My record shows my commitment to championing school choice for families in our urban neighborhoods, so their kids can have a chance at a quality education and greater opportunities. I'm also committed to lowering taxes and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, so there are more job opportunities for all who are qualified and willing to work.
Second, we must adequately support our peace officers and local law enforcement so they can effectively work to reduce existing crime. Liberal leaders have mischaracterized law enforcement as the enemy. I instead have stood up and fought for our peace officers at every turn. As Governor, I will continue to work with leaders of both parties and our local municipalities to ensure our peace officers have the support and resources needed to keep our streets safe and protect our communities. I will always have the back of our law enforcement.
Other solutions I would consider in order to reform our criminal justice system include the following.
SUPPORTING AND INCREASING SPECIALIZED COURTS SYSTEM
Missouri has various specialized courts geared toward certain classes of offenders, such as DUI courts and drug courts. Specialized courts address the root causes of crime. For example, the recidivism rate of drug court graduates is lower than that of drug offenders who did not go through drug court. The long-term benefit of lower recidivism rates through the use of specialized courts is something I would want my administration to explore and consider supporting.
IMPLEMENT A METHOD OF SUPERVISION FOR OFFENDERS WHO EXIT PRISON WITH NO PROBATION OR PAROLE
Transition to life outside prison can be difficult, and without support, offenders may return to a life of crime. Many inmates released from prison are supervised by Probation and Parole in order to successfully reintegrate into society. Some, however, have no supervision. I would explore legislation that provides supervision for those who exit prison without probation or parole. The long-term purpose of this type of program would be to reduce crime and ultimately lower the costs of our criminal justice system with less repeat offenders.
HALT THE RESETTLEMENT OF SYRIAN REFUGEES INTO MISSOURI UNTIL BETTER SCREENING IS IN PLACE
After the recent terrorist attacks in the US, France and other countries worldwide, national attention has focused on the problem of ensuring terrorists don’t infiltrate the U.S. by taking advantage of our generous immigration and asylum system. The Director of the FBI has stated that there is currently no way to fully vet immigrants to ensure they are not a threat to U.S. security. While Missouri welcomes fully vetted and legal immigrants, we must be diligent during such turbulent times so that we first and foremost protect our residents and our state.
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