FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2022
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Dr. Scott Jensen Announces Sweeping Public Safety Package
GOP gubernatorial candidate asks: “Do You Feel Safer Than You Did Four Years Ago?”
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican candidate for Governor Scott Jensen announced a broad and detailed plan to address his solutions to the growing crime epidemic in Minnesota. Jensen outlined specific proposals and promised swift action should he be elected in November.
“There’s no question we lack leadership from Tim Walz on the issue of crime,” Jensen said. “The exact time everyone realized there was no leadership on public safety is when we saw Minneapolis burning for days with no response from state government.”
Jensen’s ten-point plan includes the following proposals:
- Create a specific crime for carjacking. Currently, carjackers are either charged with robbery or assault. This proposal would model after the bill in the Minnesota Senate and being blocked by Democrats in the Minnesota House. Defendants would serve two-, four- or six-year minimum sentences under this proposal.
- End the ability for non-profits to bail out violent criminals, a bill that has been blocked by DFLers in the legislature.
- Issue an executive order to deploy state patrol officers to supplement local law enforcement needs in high crime areas. It is patterned after similar actions of Governor Arne Carlson in 1995 and Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2003 when Minneapolis experienced similar surges in murders and violent crime.
- Stiffen penalties for repeat, violent criminals to felony levels and increase sentencing guidelines for such crimes.
- Screen and appoint judges that commit to stopping “catch and release” and that will sentence violent criminals to the top recommended penalties in Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. Repeat, violent offenders have been allowed back on the streets largely because of liberal judges releasing criminals by deviating to lower sentences or probation. A recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press illustrated criminals with over twenty prior felony convictions committing further violent crime after repeatedly getting released. Expenses to the state for repeated arrests, prosecution and defense costs, as well as the untold costs to multiple victims prove that in many cases, it saves the state money to keep repeat, violent criminals incarcerated versus the Tim Walz policies of simply releasing them back into society.
- Create a Division within the Department of Public Safety to focus on protecting the innocence of children. This unit would specifically focus on the protection of children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. This would include increasing the mandatory minimums for the creation of child pornography, as well as directives to coordinate with local law enforcement and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to end Minnesota’s reputation as a hub for child sex trafficking.
- Change statutes to disallow judges from deviating down to lower sentences for convicted violent crime from established sentencing guidelines.
- Bring in job training, literacy and skills training in the Department of Corrections so convicts released will have the ability to get a productive job and end recidivism. Over 90% of inmates will be released back into society in Minnesota. Coordinate higher education, human services, halfway houses, non-profits, churches and the Department of Corrections to make societal on-ramping a success for those being released. Jensen is committed to appointing Cabinet Members that will make this an integrated success and not operate in bureaucratic silos. The Commissioners of Higher Education, Human Services and Corrections will be directed to make this an immediate high priority in the Jensen Administration.
- Coordinate a Restorative Justice Initiative that would have offenders cleaning up graffiti and vandalism they and others created. Modeled after the once successful “Sentence to Serve” program in Minnesota which was a proud and innovative model for other states under DFL, Republican and Independent Governors, the program has been gutted under Tim Walz. The initiative would bring accountability to sentencing, while cleaning up our beautiful state, damaged and vandalized by criminals who know that there are little, if any consequences for their actions under this Governor.
- Commitment to utilizing the National Guard immediately upon need and deploy preemptively if needed upon intelligence information. Jensen said that Walz’s waffling and indecisiveness on utilizing the National Guard has led to a culture of lawlessness and sent a message to criminals that there is tolerance for violence.
“I will never disrespect our brave National Guardsmen like Tim Walz did by calling them ‘nineteen-year-old cooks,’” Jensen said. “As Commander in Chief of the Minnesota National Guard, I will show our soldiers respect and give them the tools and training they need to be successful. Minnesota needs and appreciates them.”
The Jensen Administration would start immediately with executive actions and appointments. The legislature would be urged to start passing needed legislation in the first ten days of his administration.
“I have one simple question for Minnesotans, especially those in the metropolitan area: ‘Do you feel safer than you did four years ago?’” Jensen asked. “Tim Walz has had his chance and his soft on crime, ‘do nothing’ policies obviously call for new leadership in our state so we can feel safe again.”
Please visit www.drscottjensen.com/safety for more details about the plan.