Sid has taken a strong stance against the soft-on-crime policies that Annapolis leadership has frequently embraced. Sid opposes letting felons out of jail early and reduced penalties for violent and property crimes. Current law makes it only a misdemeanor to steal a gun. We need to do a better job by holding violent criminals accountable and to keep our communities safe.
We also need genuine-systemic efforts to reduce crime like increasing mental health treatment for our youth and people who need the right treatment at the right time, working with first responders to support those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their communities, modernize law enforcement, and ensure equal protection under the law for everyone. I believe School Resource Officers play an important role in protecting campuses, fostering a healthy social environment, and helping students build positive relationships with law enforcement.
Some examples of legislation Sid has supported on this issue include:
HB1132 Gun Theft Felony Act of 2022
HB408 Statewide Targeted Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act of 2022
HB412 State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy – Plea Agreements and Annual Report (The Judicial Transparency Act of 2022)
HB414 Economic Development - Project Restore Program and Fund
HB423 Crimes - Firearms - Penalties and Procedures (Violent Firearms Offender Act of 2022)