Will Hurd on Crime



Teach de-escalation; ensure no one dies in police custody

Representative Will Hurd stopped to speak with us about police reform. He says we should ensure no one dies in police custody, but it all starts with training and best practices used throughout the country. But every entity is different, according to Hurd.

"Let's make sure that if you ever have to call 911, that an officer shows up who knows how to deescalate the situation," Hurd said. "Making sure that we use the dollars that go to police in the most effective way possible is the way to do this, but defunding the police will lead to less safe communities."

Hurd said 10 percent of stops law enforcement makes have to do with a mental health issue. When looking at mental health training, he says San Antonio has some of the best practices. Officers in other places only take eight hours, Alamo City officers take 40.

Source: News 4 San Antonio on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Jun 11, 2020

Defunding the police isn't the answer, follow best practices

Defunding the police is not the answer. Instead, let's tie the almost $2B in federal grants received by state & local law enforcement to following best policing practices. That means more training, compliance with federal civil-rights laws and community policing.
Source: Twitter postings by 2024 Presidential hopefuls , Jun 8, 2020

First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration.

Hurd voted YEA First Step Act

Congressional Summary:

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

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