Ted Deutch on Crime



Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators.

Deutch signed Pill Mill Crackdown Act

    The Pill Mill Crackdown Act of 2011: Amends the Controlled Substances Act to:
  1. double the term of imprisonment and triple the fine for the prohibited distribution of a schedule II or schedule III controlled substance by the operator of a pill mill,
  2. increase the penalties for such operator distribution of a controlled substance to a person under age 21 from twice to thrice the maximum punishment or term of supervised release authorized, and
  3. exclude such operator distribution from the applicability of provisions authorizing an alternative fine of not more than twice the gross profits or other proceeds derived by a defendant from a drug offense.
      Expresses the sense of Congress that such prohibited operator distribution is a violation for which certain property is subject to forfeiture.
      • Requires the proceeds from disposition of such property to be used for controlled substance monitoring programs in the states and for block grants to states for community mental health services and for prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
      • Changes the classification of specified quantities of dihydrocodeinone from a schedule III to a schedule II controlled substance.
      Source: H.R.1065 11-HR1065 on Mar 14, 2011

      Provide defense lawyers for all indigent defendants.

      Deutch sponsored House Resolution on court policy

        Congressional RESOLUTION supporting the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel.
      • WHEREAS on March 18, 1963, the Supreme Court recognized in Gideon v. Wainwright that counsel must be provided to indigent defendants in all felony cases;
      • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held that providing counsel to indigent defendants in all felony cases meets the essential requirements of the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution; and
      • WHEREAS the Supreme Court held in Argersinger v. Hamlin that absent a knowing and intelligent waiver, no person may be imprisoned for any offense, whether classified as petty, misdemeanor, or felony, unless they were represented by counsel at their trial:
        Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives--
      1. supports the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, the right to counsel; and
      2. supports strategies to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that indigent defendants in all felony cases are ade
        Source: H.RES.196 13-HRes196 on May 3, 2013

        First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration.

        Deutch voted YEA First Step Act

        Congressional Summary:

        • TITLE I--RECIDIVISM REDUCTION: establish a risk and needs assessment system to evaluate the recidivism risk of prisoners; to guide housing assignments; and to reward participation in recidivism reduction programs.
        • TITLE II--BUREAU OF PRISONS SECURE FIREARMS STORAGE: allow federal correctional officers to securely store and carry concealed firearms on BOP premises outside the security perimeter of a prison.
        • TITLE III--RESTRAINTS ON PREGNANT PRISONERS PROHIBITED: limits the use of restraints on federal prisoners who are pregnant or in postpartum recovery.
        • TITLE IV--SENTENCING REFORM: reduces the enhanced mandatory minimum prison terms for certain repeat drug offenses.

        Opposing press release from Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1):: The reform sentencing laws in this bill may compromise the safety of our communities. Criminals convicted of violent crimes would have the opportunity to achieve 'low risk' status and become eligible for early release. California already has similar laws in place--Propositions 47 and 57--which have hamstrung law enforcement and caused a significant uptick in crime.

        Supporting press release from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10):: S. 756 establishes a new system to reduce the risk that [federal prisoners] will commit crimes once they are released. Critically, S. 756 would not only implement these reforms to our prison system, but it also takes a crucial first step toward addressing grave concerns about our sentencing laws, which have for years fed a national crisis of mass incarceration. The bill is a 'first step' that demonstrates that we can work together to make the system fairer in ways that will also reduce crime and victimization.

        Legislative outcome: Concurrence Passed Senate, 87-12-1, on Dec. 18, 2018; Concurrence Passed House 358-36-28, Dec. 20, 2018; President Trump signed, Dec. 21, 2018

        Source: Congressional vote 18-S756 on Dec 20, 2018

        Rated 62% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues.

        Deutch scores 62% by the NAPO on crime & police issues

        Ratings by the National Association of Police Organizations indicate support or opposition to issues of importance to police and crime. The organization's self-description: "The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.

        "Increasingly, the rights and interests of law enforcement officers have been the subject of legislative, executive, and judicial action in the nationís capital. NAPO works to influence the course of national affairs where law enforcement interests are concerned. The following list includes examples of NAPOís accomplishments:

        • Enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act
        • Enactment of the National AMBER Alert Act
        • Enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act
        • Enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
        • Enactment of the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act (Right to Carry Legislation)

        VoteMatch scoring for the NAPO ratings is as follows:

        • 0%-50%: soft on crime and police issues;
        • 50%-75%: mixed record on crime and police issues;
        • 75%-100%: tough on crime and police issues.
        Source: NAPO ratings on Congress and politicians 2014_NAPO on Dec 31, 2014

        2017-18 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Crime: Ted Deutch on other issues:
        FL Gubernatorial:
        Adam Putnam
        Alexander Snitker
        Andrew Gillum
        Charlie Crist
        Gwen Graham
        Philip Levine
        Rick Scott
        Ron DeSantis
        Wayne Messam
        FL Senatorial:
        Alan Grayson
        Bill Nelson
        Carlos Lopez-Cantera
        Charlie Crist
        David Jolly
        Edward Janowski
        Marco Rubio
        Pam Keith
        Patrick Murphy
        Rick Scott
        Ron DeSantis

        Freshman class of 2019:
        "Freshman class" means "not in Congress in January 2017", with exceptions:
        * Special election, so sworn in other than Jan. 2019
        ** Served in Congress in a previous term
        *** Lost recount or general election
        Freshman class of January 2019 (Republicans):
        FL-6:Waltz ; FL-15:Spano ; FL-17:Steube
        MN-1:Hagedorn ; MN-8:Stauber
        OH-12*:Balderson ; OH-16:Gonzalez
        PA-9:Meuser ; PA-11**:Smucker ; PA-12*:Keller ; PA-13:Joyce ; PA-14:Reschenthaler
        TN-2:Burchett ; TN-6:Rose ; TN-7:Green
        TX-2:Crenshaw ; TX-3:Taylor ; TX-5:Gooden ; TX-6:Wright ; TX-21:Roy ; TX-27*:Cloud
        VA-5:Riggleman ; VA-6:Cline
        Freshman class of January 2019 (Democrats):
        AZ-2**:Kirkpatrick ; AZ-9:Stanton
        CA-49:Levin ; CA-10:Harder ; CA-21:Cox ; CA-25:Hill ; CA-39:Cisneros ; CA-45:Porter ; CA-48:Rouda
        CO-2:Neguse ; CO-6:Crow
        FL-26:Mucarsel-Powell ; FL-27:Shalala
        IA-1:Finkenauer ; IA-3:Axne
        IL-4:Garcia ; IL-6:Casten ; IL-14:Underwood
        MA-3:Trahan ; MA-7:Pressley
        MI-8:Slotkin ; MI-9:Levin ; MI-13:Tlaib ; MI-13*:Jones ; MI-11:Stevens
        MN-2:Craig ; MN-3:Phillips ; MN-5:Omar
        NJ-2:Van Drew ; NJ-3:Kim ; NJ-7:Malinowski ; NJ-11:Sherrill
        NM-1:Haaland ; NM-2:Torres Small
        NV-3:Lee ; NV-4**:Horsford
        NY-14:Ocasio-Cortez ; NY-11:Rose ; NY-19:Delgado ; NY-22:Brindisi ; NY-25:Morelle
        PA-4:Dean ; PA-5:Scanlon ; PA-6:Houlahan ; PA-7:Wild ; PA-17*:Lamb
        TX-7:Fletcher ; TX-16:Escobar ; TX-29:Garcia ; TX-32:Allred
        VA-2:Luria ; VA-7:Spanberger ; VA-10:Wexton
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