Violent crime has increased alarmingly in the Green Mountains - murders and violent attacks in Burlington are sadly becoming commonplace events. And on October 14, Seven Days reported that methamphetamine use is increasing.
The increase in violence and drug activity has spread into rural communities statewide. There is a direct connection between this threat to public safety and Progressive policies that have:
Defundedpolice departments, at the expense of citizen protection.
In Vermont, criminals are being treated as victims, creating more crime and true victimhood.
I never endorse police brutality or corruption, but I strongly support our hard-working police. As a former criminal defense attorney, I have seen many victims as well as defendants – Vermont is out of balance.
I propose to improve mental health care in Vermont, which will reduce crime while giving overdue relief to burdened hospitals. I endorse more counseling for substance abusers, especially prison inmates, to help get them off synthetic opioids. I propose to increase funding for state and local police, and increase policing of opioid and sex trafficking into Vermont. I oppose legalizing prostitution, which opens the door to yet more trafficking of both drugs and sex workers. And we must prosecute violent offenders aggressively, to prevent violent crime and send a message that public safety in Vermont is a high priority!