The Administration’s hardline approach to crime gets scant support from Americans, including those who voted for Donald Trump in the last campaign, according to a survey released to coincide with the President’s first 100 days in office.
The survey, released by the right-of-center Charles Koch Institute (CKI), reports that 81 percent of voters who supported Trump during the campaign agreed that criminal justice reform was either a “very important” or “somewhat important” priority for the country.
“There appears to be an appetite among conservatives to get ‘right on crime,’” said Vikrant Reddy, a senior research follow with CKI.
“Conservatives …want reforms that prioritize public safety, respect individual rights and advance human dignity.”
Underlining the pro-reform attitudes, more 63 percent of Trump voters agreed with the notion that “judges should have more freedom to assign forms of punishment other than prisons,” such as civil or community service.
At least 54 percent of those surveyed reported knowing someone who is or has been incarcerated.
The poll surveyed 1,200 voters on their views on a range of criminal justice issues, including civil asset forfeiture, overcriminalization and mandatory minimum sentencing.
A majority of the voters also agreed that police should not have the right to seize private assets of a suspect even if that individual is never prosecuted, a major argument advanced by leading conservative supporters.
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