[Rushtalk] Poll: Virginians strongly support marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Fri Mar 18 22:12:53 MDT 2016


         As George Carlin used to joke, "everybody's for pot 
legalization. But nobody can remember where they left the 
petitions.........."    - jaq


At 09:35 PM 3/18/2016, Carl Spitzer wrote:


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><http://www.richmond.com/>Poll: Virginians strongly support 
>marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform - Richmond 
>Times-Dispatch: Local News
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>Poll: Virginians strongly support marijuana legalization, criminal 
>justice reform
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>By FRANK GREEN Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Thursday, January 
>28, 2016 3:15 pm
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>Poll results released Thursday by Virginia Commonwealth University 
>found public support for juvenile justice reform, legalized 
>recreational marijuana use and the death penalty.
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>Conducted by the <http://www.wilder.vcu.edu/research/cpp.html>Center 
>for Public Policy at the university's <http://www.wilder.vcu.edu/>L. 
>Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, the results 
>also show the public supports studying the effectiveness of the 
>state's sex offender registry, reinstating parole for nonviolent 
>offenders and juveniles convicted as adults.
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>Of the sample of 931 adult Virginians interviewed between Jan. 4 and 
>12, 84 percent supported juvenile justice reforms that would reduce 
>the use of large, adult-styled correctional facilities in favor of 
>smaller, community-based centers.
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>Andrew Block, director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile 
>Justice, said he found the poll results heartening. "Smaller, 
>treatment-oriented facilities and community-based alternatives to 
>state custody are good for public safety, good for taxpayers, and 
>good for our children, families and communities," he said.
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>Almost 8 out of 10 respondents favored reducing the penalty for 
>possessing small amounts of marijuana to a $100 fine instead of a 
>misdemeanor conviction, and 62 percent strongly or somewhat agreed 
>that recreational use of marijuana should be legalized.
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>The poll found the death penalty for capital murderers is supported 
>by 64 percent.
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>Three out of 4 supported reinstating parole for nonviolent offenders 
>while 64 percent supported denying firearm purchases to people with 
>outstanding restraining orders.
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>The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
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