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<big>'''Corporations and their politician allies voted behind closed doors through ALEC to change America's criminal justice system by:'''</big><br>
 
<big>'''Corporations and their politician allies voted behind closed doors through ALEC to change America's criminal justice system by:'''</big><br>
  
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/6/60/7C2-Community_Corrections_Performance_Measurement_Act_Exposed.pdf Enacting new barriers to community-based corrections]. See this analysis of the [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/6/6f/7C3-Recidivism_Reduction_Act_Exposed.pdf Recidivism Reduction Act], which will increase prison populations and the profits of the private prison industry.
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* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/6/60/7C2-Community_Corrections_Performance_Measurement_Act_Exposed.pdf Enacting new barriers to community-based corrections], which will increase prison populations and the profits of the private prison industry (see also [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/6/6f/7C3-Recidivism_Reduction_Act_Exposed.pdf this bill]).
  
* Anti-immigrant legislation that requires local law enforcement to enforce complex federal law, encourages racial profiling, and destroys the law enforcement-community relationship.
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* Anti-immigrant legislation that requires local law enforcement to enforce complex federal law, encourages racial profiling, and destroys the law enforcement-community relationship (see [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/6/69/7K3-Immigration_Law_Enforcement_Act_Exposed.pdf this bill], [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/2/2d/7K5-No_Sanctuary_Cities_for_Illegal_Immigrants_Act_Exposed.pdf this bill], [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/ec/7K10-Resolution_to_Enforce_Our_Immigration_Laws_and_Secure_Our_Border_Exposed.pdf this bill], and [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/f/f6/7K12-Taxpayer_and_Citizen_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf this bill]).
  
 
* Overturning common-law rules designed to deter police misconduct and ensure arrests and searches are constitutional, including:  
 
* Overturning common-law rules designed to deter police misconduct and ensure arrests and searches are constitutional, including:  
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/4/46/7D2-Hearsay_in_Public_Hearings_Act_Exposed.pdf Elimination of the "hearsay rule"] when determining whether probable cause existed.  
 
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/4/46/7D2-Hearsay_in_Public_Hearings_Act_Exposed.pdf Elimination of the "hearsay rule"] when determining whether probable cause existed.  
  
* Adding new penalties to retail theft, which will benefit ALEC's private sector Board Member Wal-Mart, such as:  
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* Adding new penalties to retail theft, which will benefit ALEC Private Sector Board Member Wal-Mart, such as:  
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/1/13/7B8-Theft_Using_Emergency_Exit_to_Avoid_Apprehension_or_Detection_Act_Exposed.pdf Adding a penalty-enhancer] for thieves who use the emergency exit, and  
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/1/13/7B8-Theft_Using_Emergency_Exit_to_Avoid_Apprehension_or_Detection_Act_Exposed.pdf Adding a penalty-enhancer for thieves who use the emergency exit], and  
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/a/a5/7B7-Theft_From_Three_Separate_Mercantile_Establishments_Act_Exposed.pdf Making it a felony] to steal from three retail establishments, regardless of the value of the property stolen.
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/a/a5/7B7-Theft_From_Three_Separate_Mercantile_Establishments_Act_Exposed.pdf Making it a felony to steal from three retail establishments], regardless of the value of the property stolen.
  
 
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/d/dd/7B5-Organized_Retail_Theft_Act_Exposed.pdf Imposing new regulations on swap meets and flea markets] that may compete with retail stores.  
 
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/d/dd/7B5-Organized_Retail_Theft_Act_Exposed.pdf Imposing new regulations on swap meets and flea markets] that may compete with retail stores.  
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/f/f1/7Q5-Suspension_of_Driving_Privileges_Act_Exposed.pdf Suspending driver’s licenses] for all persons convicted of drug crimes.
 
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/f/f1/7Q5-Suspension_of_Driving_Privileges_Act_Exposed.pdf Suspending driver’s licenses] for all persons convicted of drug crimes.
  
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/1/19/7D7-Open_Parole_Hearings_Act_Exposed.pdf Including victims in the parole decision], even though victim anger has little to do with a person’s likelihood of recidivism or rehabilitiation, but will lengthen prison sentences. For more information see this related [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/33/7R1-Constitutional_Amendment_For_Victim_s_Rights_Exposed.pdf Constitutional Amendment] and [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/ec/7R3-Victim_Impact_Statement_Act_Exposed.pdf sentencing decision].
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* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/1/19/7D7-Open_Parole_Hearings_Act_Exposed.pdf Including victims in the parole decision], or the [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/ec/7R3-Victim_Impact_Statement_Act_Exposed.pdf sentencing decision], even though victim anger has little to do with a person’s likelihood of recidivism or rehabilitation, but will lengthen prison sentences (see also the related [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/33/7R1-Constitutional_Amendment_For_Victim_s_Rights_Exposed.pdf Constitutional Amendment]).
  
 
* Imposing unrealistic conditions for parolees or persons on probation, setting them up for failure and re-incarceration.
 
* Imposing unrealistic conditions for parolees or persons on probation, setting them up for failure and re-incarceration.
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* Supporting the National Rifle Association's agenda through legislation and resolutions that:
 
* Supporting the National Rifle Association's agenda through legislation and resolutions that:
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/9/90/7J1-Campus_Personal_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf Put guns on college campuses],
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/9/90/7J1-Campus_Personal_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf Puts guns on college campuses],
** Support concealed-carry gun laws, for example through recognition of concealed carry laws from other states, [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/a/a2/7J4-Concealed_Carry_True_Reciprocity_Act_Exposed.pdf with reciprocity], and [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/9/98/7J3-Concealed_Carry_Outright_Recognition_Act_Exposed.pdf without reciprocity].
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** Supports concealed-carry gun laws, for example through recognition of concealed carry laws from other states, [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/a/a2/7J4-Concealed_Carry_True_Reciprocity_Act_Exposed.pdf with reciprocity], and [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/9/98/7J3-Concealed_Carry_Outright_Recognition_Act_Exposed.pdf without reciprocity].
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/1/15/7J5-Consistency_in_Firearms_Regulation_Act_Exposed.pdf Prohibit local counties or cities] from enacting firearm restrictions.
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/1/15/7J5-Consistency_in_Firearms_Regulation_Act_Exposed.pdf Prohibits local counties or cities] from enacting firearm restrictions.
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/08/7J7-Defense_of_Free_Market_and_Public_Safety_Resolution_Exposed.pdf Oppose efforts by law enforcement] to use their purchasing power to pursue public safety ends by asking gun manufacturers not to market weapons for criminal use.
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/08/7J7-Defense_of_Free_Market_and_Public_Safety_Resolution_Exposed.pdf Opposes efforts by law enforcement] to use their purchasing power to pursue public safety ends by asking gun manufacturers not to market weapons for criminal use.
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/09/7J8-Emergency_Powers_Firearm_Owner_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf Oppose the ability for law enforcement officers to seize guns] and ammunition in declared "states of emergency."
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/09/7J8-Emergency_Powers_Firearm_Owner_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf Opposes the ability for law enforcement officers to seize guns] and ammunition in declared "states of emergency."
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/37/7J10-Resolution_On_Firearms_Purchase_Waiting_Periods_Exposed.pdf Oppose waiting periods for firearm purchases].
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/37/7J10-Resolution_On_Firearms_Purchase_Waiting_Periods_Exposed.pdf Opposes waiting periods for firearm purchases].
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/00/7J11-Resolution_on_Semicopy_Exposed.pdf Oppose bans on semi-automatic firearms] like the one used in the shooting in Arizona that killed nine people and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/00/7J11-Resolution_on_Semicopy_Exposed.pdf Opposes bans on semi-automatic firearms] like the one used in the shooting in Arizona that killed nine people and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/4/43/7J9-Resolution_on_Child_Firearms_Safety_Exposed.pdf Put guns in kids' hands].
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/4/43/7J9-Resolution_on_Child_Firearms_Safety_Exposed.pdf Puts guns in kids' hands].
  
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/31/7L0-Habitual_Juvenile_Offender_Act_Exposed.pdf Promote legislation to treat juveniles as adults] and creating new legislation with new penalties for juvenile offenders.  
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* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/31/7L0-Habitual_Juvenile_Offender_Act_Exposed.pdf Promoting legislation to treat juveniles as adults] and creating new legislation with new penalties for juvenile offenders.  
  
 
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/7/74/7L1-Juvenile_Identification_Act_Exposed.pdf Subjecting juveniles] to the same lineup requirements as adults.
 
* [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/7/74/7L1-Juvenile_Identification_Act_Exposed.pdf Subjecting juveniles] to the same lineup requirements as adults.
  
* Propping up the commercial bail bond industry (that has a record of corrupting the sentencing process), and putting the decision of whether an accused person goes free in the hands of a profit-oriented business, through legislation that:
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* Propping up the commercial bail bond industry that has a record of corrupting the sentencing process, and putting the decision of whether an accused person goes free in the hands of a profit-oriented business, through legislation that:
 
** Attacks efforts to enact evidence-based alternative pre-trial release programs by  
 
** Attacks efforts to enact evidence-based alternative pre-trial release programs by  
*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/5/51/7A12-Uniform_Bail_Act_Exposed.pdf eliminating pre-trial release agencies], or  
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*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/5/51/7A12-Uniform_Bail_Act_Exposed.pdf Eliminating pre-trial release agencies], or  
*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/8/80/7A10-Citizens_Right_to_Know_-_Pretrial_Release_Act_Exposed.pdf imposing burdensome reporting requirements].
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*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/8/80/7A10-Citizens_Right_to_Know_-_Pretrial_Release_Act_Exposed.pdf Imposing burdensome reporting requirements].
 
** Offers bail bond companies opportunities to avoid paying debts to states by:
 
** Offers bail bond companies opportunities to avoid paying debts to states by:
 
*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/0e/7A4-Bail_Bond_Expiration_Act_Exposed.pdf Allowing debts to expire] or  
 
*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/0/0e/7A4-Bail_Bond_Expiration_Act_Exposed.pdf Allowing debts to expire] or  
 
*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/4/41/7A5-Bail_Forfeiture_Notification_Act_Exposed.pdf Imposing notification technicalities] on courts.
 
*** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/4/41/7A5-Bail_Forfeiture_Notification_Act_Exposed.pdf Imposing notification technicalities] on courts.
** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/b/be/7A11-Crimes_With_Bail_Restrictions_Act_Exposed.pdf Expands the list of offenses] for which a person must pay a for-profit bail-bondsman for their release. For more information click [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/eb/7A9-Bailable_Offences_Act_Exposed.pdf here] and [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/2/24/7A1-Alternative_Method_of_Court_Appearances_Act_Exposed.pdf here].</div>
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** [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/b/be/7A11-Crimes_With_Bail_Restrictions_Act_Exposed.pdf Expanding the list of offenses] for which a person must pay a for-profit bail-bondsman for their release (see also [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/e/eb/7A9-Bailable_Offences_Act_Exposed.pdf this bill] and [http://alecexposed.org/w/images/2/24/7A1-Alternative_Method_of_Court_Appearances_Act_Exposed.pdf this bill]).</div>
 
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Revision as of 19:26, 6 July 2011

ALEC's Efforts to Rewrite Laws about Americans' Rights

The bills on this page represent ALEC corporations' efforts to support the private prison industry by putting more people in jail, to interfere with rehabilitative incarceration alternatives, to perpetuate the failed "war on drugs," to prop up the commercial bail bond industry, to put more guns on streets and to criminalize immigrants. These model bills are drafted at American Legislative Exchange Council conventions with input from, and approval by, Big Business, then introduced in state legislatures to erode the democratic power of average Americans. Politicians are elected to represent the people, not corporations. Through ALEC, corporations have both a VOICE and a VOTE on specific state laws. Do you?

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How Are Corporations Interfering With Our Criminal Justice System?

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Corporations and their politician allies voted behind closed doors through ALEC to change America's criminal justice system by:

  • Anti-immigrant legislation that requires local law enforcement to enforce complex federal law, encourages racial profiling, and destroys the law enforcement-community relationship (see this bill, this bill, this bill, and this bill).
  • Imposing unrealistic conditions for parolees or persons on probation, setting them up for failure and re-incarceration.

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Some of this Corporate Agenda Has Already Become Law:

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When current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a state representative, he was an ALEC member and introduced several bills proposed by ALEC, including "Truth in Sentencing" and bills to privatize the state's prison system.

Passed in Wisconsin in 1997, "Truth in Sentencing" requires inmates to serve their full sentence without options for parole or supervised release. The program has inflated prison populations and greatly increased the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on prisons -- in Wisconsin, to an estimated $1.8 billion through 2025. In many states, Truth in Sentencing has increased profits for private prison companies like the Corrections Corporation of America, a member of ALEC's Private Sector board. In 1999, then-Rep. Scott Walker introduced two bills that would allow private prisons in Wisconsin. While those bills did not pass, some inmates were contracted out to private prisons in other states, and the Corrections Corporation of America has registered lobbyists in the state ever since.

A former head of Wisconsin's prison system who is currently a University of Wisconsin Law Professor, Walter Dickey, told American Radio Works it is "shocking" that lawmakers would write sentencing policy with help from ALEC, a group that gets funding, and supposedly "expertise," from a private prison corporation.

"I don't know that they know anything about sentencing," he said. "They know how to build prisons, presumably, since that's the business they're in. They don't know anything about probation and parole. They don't know about the development of alternatives. They don't know about how public safety might be created and defended in communities in this state and other states."

The Wisconsin state legislature apparently recognized the folly of Truth in Sentencing and rolled back the law between 2001 and 2009. When Scott Walker became governor, he reversed this progress and requested legislation to restore the ALEC corporation-supported Truth in Sentencing, despite the costs to taxpayers and despite claiming Wisconsin was "broke." It is unknown whether privatized prisons will soon follow.

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In 2011, Wisconsin ALEC members introduced AB-69, a bill nearly identical to the ALEC "Castle Doctrine Act" approved by the National Rifle Association. The bill allows a homeowner to shoot and kill a person they claim is breaking into their home, without fear of civil liability. A marked-up version of AB-69, noting the relevant sections of the ALEC Castle Doctrine Act, can be found here.

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