The most effective way to reduce
crime is with strong family relationships and communities supported by
well-equipped, well-trained law enforcement. As Republicans we support
mandatory sentences for offenders committing heinous crimes such as those
harmful to children, gang-related, murder, robbery as well as repeat drug
offenders. While keeping these offenders off the streets and away from the
general public is vital to our safety, we also recognize more attention needs
to be paid to the process of helping individuals returning to society to
reform. Prisons should do more than simply punish – they should rehabilitate.
As parents, families, neighbors, small business owners, teachers and the people of this nation; safety means that we are free from danger. Free from the danger of losing our job. Free from the danger of losing our home. Free from the danger of terrorism. Free from the danger of a government that would take away our rights as Americans. The Constitution of the United States of American calls for the “…common defense,” and Republicans understand that common defense means defending We the People. Our goal, as the Republican Party, is to maintain a platform which promotes safety for all Americans.