Lansing is deliberately putting Michigan families at risk because they don’t have the guts to put safety first in the state budget. They’re combining two reckless policy mistakes that leave every Michigan family more vulnerable:
- They’ve doubled the rate of parole approval for convicted sex offenders – and increased the parole rate for other violent criminals by 50%. It’s an unprecedented drive to empty out entire prisons – and an unprecedented risk for our families.
- At the same time they’re dumping more violent criminals back on the streets, they’re slashing funding for the State Police and the revenue sharing that funds our county Sheriff Departments and local police departments. Think about it: with more bad guys and fewer good guys, it’s our families who will pay the price.
*Source: Michigan Department of Corrections, Parole Approval Rates, by Offense Group
Bill Schuette says that emptying our prisons while decimating our police forces is a tragic mistake that will have tragic consequences. He’s running for Attorney General because he knows that our state’s top law enforcement leader will spend the next four years cleaning up this mess. He’s ready for the job.
Bill Schuette Has the Strength and Experience We Need
Bill Schuette has the strength and experience to make Michigan safe again. In fact, no candidate for Attorney General in our state has ever had a greater breadth of experience. He’s served Michigan as a Congressman in our nation’s capitol and as a Senator at our state capitol. He was the Director of a department in the Executive Branch, and a tough judge on the State Court of Appeals.
Most of all, Bill Schuette is a leader who is unafraid to make the tough decisions. In fact, the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police named Bill Schuette their 2008 Public Servant of the Year.
Schuette Will Be a Tough Attorney General Who Puts Safety First
In the midst of this economic depression in our state, the last thing Michigan needs is a wave of violent crime triggered by Lansing putting special interest politics ahead of public safety. As Attorney General, I’ll put safety first. I want to make Michigan the safest place in America to raise our children.