LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Democrat running for governor of Arkansas has unveiled what he's calling a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, ease prison overcrowding and address domestic violence and child abuse in Arkansas.
Mike Ross says he developed his “Tougher, Smarter Crime Reduction Plan for Arkansas” after consulting with law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, policymakers and victim advocates.
Ross says his crime reduction plan toughens sentences for repeat and violent offenders, and certain offenses, such as enhancing sentences for firearm thefts and aggravated residential burglary.
“Currently, there are more than 2,000 state prisoners backed up in county jails, and law enforcement has expressed to me their concerns about the state’s ability to lock up those who break the law, especially violent criminals,” said Ross. “In addition to tougher sentences for repeat and violent offenders, my plan will help us get smarter about how we sentence and rehabilitate certain first-time, nonviolent and drug offenders, so that we can reduce the likelihood these criminals will re-offend and we can ensure our prisons have the space necessary to lock up violent and dangerous criminals and keep them off the streets.”
Ross says his plan also calls for historic measures to protect and empower survivors of domestic violence in Arkansas.
Click here to learn more about Mike Ross’ “Tougher, Smarter Crime Reduction Plan for Arkansas.”
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