(Central Square) – Voters overwhelmingly support a policy that allows police to detain violent crime suspects, a new poll shows. This is in contrast to a recent policy being pursued in Illinois.
The Convention of States Action together with the Trafalgar Group released surveywhich found that the vast majority of Americans polled do not support policies that prevent law enforcement from detaining those accused of violent crimes.
The poll found that 95.6% of respondents “say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports policies that prevent police from apprehending criminals accused of violent crimes such as kidnapping and armed robbery.”
“In 2022, voters are a crime problem, that’s absolutely clear from these numbers,” said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States. “Americans of all political stripes strongly believe in protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty.”
It should be noted that 96.7% of Independent voters agree with this.
It comes as the city’s controversial police policies have drawn national attention. The recently passed SAFE-T law in Illinois virtually eliminates cash bail. Critics say that means some accused of serious crimes, such as second-degree murder or kidnapping, will be released without a hearing.
Supporters of the law, which is due to take effect early next year, point out that it does not prohibit detention and that anyone deemed a flight risk can be detained. But critics of the law say proving a flight risk can be a heavy legal burden that doesn’t always happen, meaning violent criminals will soon be back on the streets.
The prosecution of crime suspects has also become a controversial issue. In Chicago, police are prohibited from prosecuting certain traffic violations.
A new law in Washington limits police officers from pursuing fleeing suspects. Suspected crimes must meet a certain threshold, and word quickly spread that suspects were fleeing the police without consequence.
The poll was conducted from September 17 to 20 and surveyed more than 1,000 midterm voters.