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  1. An Act to Prevent Interference of Custody

    An Act to Prohibit Interference of Custody

    Many states have already adopted this law and the general purposes of this act are to:
    1. Discourage continuing controversies over child custody in the interest of greater stability of home environment and of secure family relationships for the child;
    2. Promote cooperation with the parents/legal guardians, courts, and law enforcement of this state to the end that a custody decree is rendered and followed.

    Custodial interference can be defined simply as the taking/keeping of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent’s physical custody of…

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    • Medical profession /Assault

      Any one who is tried and convicted of assault/abuse of a patient while in their care should have their license taken away FOREVER.

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      • why not have differant colored numbers on licence plates for oui, dui, drug related ofences,

        they could be stopped by law enforcement officers anytime and be checked

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        • new law: Interference of Custody

          Currently, there isn't a law in the State of Maine protecting children from being removed from the state, area, families, schools, or routine… by a parent with shared custody.

          This phrase/term Interference of Custody is used by other states would correct the issue.

          Custodial interference can be defined simply as the taking/keeping of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent’s physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the offending parent also has custody rights.

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          • The COURT SYSTEM IS CLOGGED WITH CASES. We need to make the entire system electronic; raise filing costs in the Law Court from $150 to $2500

            Reduce Maine's general statute of limitations from 6 to 4 years; change system to Loser pays other side'[s legal fees ( as in Alaska, & in some types of cases in TX & FL); ask Courts to impose greater fines & reduce jail time to cut costs; reduce terms & sentences for felonies to those in line with other states; institute new parole board to release prisoners early if rehabilitated, & to reduce incarceration cost; make non profits pay salesm lodging & income taxes. Force local districts to consolidate to save tax money. Increase bankruptcy exemptions.

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            • Scared straight program, also juvenile facilities are more along the lines of boot camp.

              Kids are now becoming more into crime life rather than staying straight. If the teen can see what real prison is like then maybe they'd realize that i should straighten out, if they don't send them to a juvenile facility, but have that facility trained with former military drill instructors, correctional officers trained in drill instructor setting and prior service members that know what discipline is.

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              • Inmates shouldn't have privileges

                Why should inmates have cable tv while incarcerated, even if its a privilege. If anything they should have the basic channels 6,8,10,12 and the religion channel. United States Military eat MRE's dont have tv and half the times sleep in a hole in the ground or in a truck, they dont get a hot meal everyday or even eat. Money can be cut by not having catered meals boxes of MRE's are a cheap source to switch too. Inmates dont deserved to live with a roof over their heads if a soldier who lays their life on the line out…

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                • Domestic Violence Assessment Checklist

                  Research and Apply a Domestic Violence Assessment Checklist similar to one in Oklahoma City. Most victims are disillusioned on what is considered normal after years of abuse. This simple tool applied to house calls will save many lives and help me on the road to recovery.

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                  • Why not utilize citizen volunteers in your law enforcement agencies for non critical functions?

                    Volunteers in Police Service: President George W. Bush created USA Freedom Corps (USAFC) to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed September 11. When he announced USAFC in his 2002 State of the Union address, he called on all Americans to serve a cause greater than themselves. Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from threats of…

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                    • Make it so no violent felons can have the right to there 5th amendment rights to bare arms

                      I believe that because someone is a non violent felon that they should be able to own a gun. For example If you get a felony for O.A.S or another non violent crime that has nothing to do with guns or hurting anyone or anything. Then why should you not be able to go hunting with a gun? It is our 5th amendment RIGHT to bare arms! If you believe the same way PLEASE vote with me to help the Maine government look more into letting some felons hunt with guns.

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                      • Mandatory "Investigation / Family Feedback" to families of deaths associated to Drug Usage

                        There should be mandatory investigation steps associated to any death where the person was using drugs. Also suggest that mandatory feedback to the family. The goal would be to track down drug dealers by reviewing phone records and making contacts as applicable. Also blood work results to the family.

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                        • Educate DAs make smarter choices in which cases to pursue

                          I've seen some pretty pathetic excuses for law enforcement in the past few years. I've seen a woman who is in state care for a genetic mental disorder be prosecuted for arson. She sat in jail for a year. Since the state has custody of her, clearly she had psych issues and the state could place here wherever it found appropriate. Wasting time and resources prosecuting her is just wasteful spending of state money. (Surprise, surprise, she was considered "not criminally responsible" in the end.) The same DA, in Aroostook county, wouldn't go after a repetitive STALKER. There should be…

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                          • Secure all tasers from all law enforcement officers so that citizens could be protected from assault and excessive f

                            Secure all tasers from all law enforcement officers so that unarmed citizens wouldn't get assaulted by those power hungry officers acting life storm troopers inflicting excessive force using them. This would save many $ on taser training, taser purchases, and provide a much needed sense of safety for us law abiding citizens.

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                            • House detained juvenile offenders at Dorothea *** and ship the committed to South Portland.

                              By doing so, the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston could be used only for 18-25 year old offenders. Trying to keep the juveniles and the adults seperate in this particular facility is next to impossible. The sight and sound barrier (that will never work) is just costing us taxpayers more and more. This is also the perfect answer to the "New Prison" that will cost upward of 100 million dollars. We have plenty of room in our prisons and jails and this would make even more room. We have a nice work release program that would take care…

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                              • Skill building for prisoners!

                                We do not do enough skill building with prisoners and they return to our communities with no job skills that enable them to obtain employment and provide for their families. Habitat for humanities, local communities and other forms of free community service will allow for skill building beyond building model boats! Education can be tied in with good time! Educate and train our prisoners to better enable to them to provide for themselves and their families as well as integrate back into our communites. The end result will be lower recidivism and hence lower prison costs.

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                                  The DOC is working with the DOL to determine what job skills the labor market will need so that programming can be re-designed to fit available jobs.

                                • Protect our Forest Rangers

                                  Equip our conservation law enforcement officers properly with bullet proof vests and firearms. Require all new hires to complete the basic law enforcement training program. Give them the tools, training and resources the need to do their jobs properly before one if them gets hurt. Lets do the right thing before someone has to tell their spouse that their husband or wife was killed because the state didn't give them the equipment they needed to save their own lives.

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                                  • Notifying public about *** offenders.

                                    In Bradford County in Florida, they post signs on the lawns of people who are a registered *** offender. This way the public is aware of who is living in their neighborhood. I feel that this would be a good idea for all of the offenders who have had convictions. This would probably require a law to be passed, but it would make everyone in the neighborhood feel safer, especially if they have children and can educate their children to stay away. And it would make it easier to keep track of them. I have a picture of this sign…

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                                    • Require law enforcement to carry non lethal rounds

                                      Every government agent that carries a firearm could be required to carry one clip of non lethal rubber bullets; so they have the option of incapacitating any threat they may find themselves up against. If they carry there weapon around pre-chambered they should have that round be a non lethal round; so they can use it in a hurry and have the time to decide the best course of action.

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                                      • e need to think about the Death penalty in This State due to more and more Murders are happening.

                                        I read the paper and always someone is getting killed for drugs or money to buy drugs, We need to get the Death Penalty involved to maybe wakeup people on any idea on killing someone elses child or parent.

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                                        • Enact a public domestic violence offender registry

                                          Dear Gov. LePage,
                                          I greatly commend you on your stance on domestic violence in this state. It is a pernicious evil that needs to be rooted out with the offenders being properly punished so that they can not go on to murder their victim. I propose that there be a registry enacted throughout the state (and online) that lists any and all persons convicted of domestic violence with the term of registration being similar to that of the *** offender registry. I think this would serve to provide the public with information pertaining to dangerous predators and possibly help to…

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