Crime makes halting comeback as a political issue, even as conservatives embrace softer stance

  • Article by: NICHOLAS RICCARDI , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 8:25 AM

DENVER — The ad seems like an artifact from an earlier political era — a grainy mug shot of a convicted murderer, flashing police lights, a recording of a panicked 911 call and then a question about Colorado's Democratic governor, up for re-election next year: "How can we protect our families when Gov. Hickenlooper allows a cold-blooded killer to escape justice?"

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mondaveauJul. 6, 13 9:50 AM

I welcome the return of this ingredient to the political exchange. How a society deals with the criminal element defines it. Anyone with a solid record on this topic should be eager to discuss their position. Unfortunately, very few candidates have a such a record. In order to maintain peace, liberty and domestic tranquility we deserve vigorous debate on the matter.

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thegoodherbJul. 6, 13 7:27 PM

If the only topic that a politician chooses to discuss while campaigning is the topic of incarceration, then I don't welcome the return of this ingredient to the political exchange. Professor Steven Pinker made an excellent contribution to our discussion of the larger topic of violence in his 2011 book "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined" (http://amzn.com/0143122010/) The large scale trends are certainly clear. Crime has fallen to multi-decade lows. Our incarceration rates are at all-time highs. Surely we don't need to keep increasing the latter in order to decrease the former, especially when the majority of the imprisoned are in for non-violent crimes.

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doug504Jul. 7, 13 2:32 AM

How can you be for less spending and also be for more spending? Certainly the Republicans will try but I doubt they will succeed. Seriously - the Gov is soft on crime because he sent someone from one jail to a different jail?

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