Bob Dole 1996 On the Issues
Where Bob Dole
Stands on Crime
Crime is a Growing
Epidemic in this Country
One of the greatest threats facing our country is the epidemic of violence that
has already destroyed so many of our communities and now threatens every
segment of our society. In 1994, the American people were victimized by more
than 42 million crimes, including nearly 11 million violent crimes. According
to the FBI, a crime is committed every 2 seconds -- and a violent crime every
17 seconds. But only 1 in 100 violent crimes ends in a jail sentence. And once
in jail, that criminal will serve only a fraction of his or her sentence. The
total cost of this mayhem is more than $400 billion every year. And youth
violence is on the rise: many experts predict that juvenile arrests will double
by the year 2010.
Since Bill Clinton took office, trends in violent crime haven't improved. There
were 500,000 more crime victims in 1994 than there were when Clinton took
office. In all there were nearly 10 million violent crime victimizations in our
country in 1995 alone.
Bob Dole's Action Plan to Combat Violent
Bob Dole and Jack Kemp understand that crime is a national problem that cannot
be solved by the federal government alone. The federal government must work in
partnership with state and local governments. Bob Dole's five-point Action Plan
will serve as a blueprint for a new era of federal-state-local cooperation in
ridding the American social landscape of crime. As President, he will:
Bob Dole will use the Bully Pulpit of the Oval
Office to teach America's youth that drug use is dangerous and wrong.
End revolving door
Bob Dole will double the current level of actual federal
funding for state prison construction to help ensure that violent
criminals stay locked up for their full sentences.
Hold violent juveniles
accountable for their actions.
Juveniles charged with serious violent
federal crimes will be prosecuted as adults. Sentencing courts will be
able to consider prior juvenile offenses.
Make prisoners work.
Bob Dole will issue an Executive Order requiring able-bodied federal
prisoners to work no less than 40 hours each week to help pay compensation
to the victims of their crimes.
Keep guns out of the
hands of criminals.
Bob Dole will establish a National Instant Check
system to keep criminals and others from purchasing firearms, and will
instruct his Attorney General to prosecute and punish vigorously those who
use guns in criminal activity.
- Renew our commitment to a
As President, Bob Dole will also:Address the social conditions that contribute to a breakdown of moral values
- Continuing his efforts to
reform a welfare system that has severely weakened the two-parent family.
- Providing Opportunity
Scholarships for children trapped in violent and dysfunctional schools.
- Challenging the popular
media to stop glamorizing drugs, violence, and irresponsible behavior.
Protect the rights of crime victims by:
- Appointing judges who will
strictly interpret the Constitution, not amend it to expand the rights of
- Ensuring that his federal
prosecutors make defending the public's safety their number one priority.
- Supporting a Constitutional
Amendment guaranteeing the victims of crime certain basic rights,
including the right to be heard at sentencing, the right to object to plea
agreements, and the right to a speedy trial.
A Better AmericaWith Bob Dole as President, the government will once again protect its citizens
from crime. With a Dole-Kemp Administration, women won't be afraid to walk
alone at night, children will be safe playing ball in the neighborhood park,
and Americans won't have to buy a second lock for the front door.
Bob Dole 1996 Official Campaign Web Site