Gov. Bill Haslam offers plan to curb crime in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam offers plan to curb crime in Tennessee

January 5th, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled a comprehensive plan to reduce drug abuse and trafficking, curb violent crime and lower the rate of repeat offenders in Tennessee.

"Keeping our citizens safe is one of state government's primary responsibilities," said Haslam, who unveiled with plan with Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons. "This action plan is a detailed road map that addresses some of our toughest safety challenges head on."

Proposals include:

* Making improvements to the current prescription drug data base to make it easier to identify abusers.

* Developing regional alliances with other states to tackle prescription drug abuse.

* Placing nonviolent drug addicts into drug court treatment programs.

* Imposing tougher sentences for certain types of gang-related crimes.

* Enacting tougher sentences for gun possession by those with prior violent felony convictions.

* Moving supervision of adult felons on probation, parole and community corrections over from the Board of Probation and Parole over to the Department of Correction.

* Mandating incarceration time for repeat domestic violence offenders.

Steps have already been taken in some areas.