I have to question anyone who brags about their conviction rates. 96%...98%..100%...so the answer to every problem in society is to throw them in prison at a minimum cost of $23,000 per person per year. We all know that if every person accused of a crime were to insist on going to trial the court system would collapse and that is why judges make a point with folks that do by giving them the max that they can. Now, a real politician that was looking out for their constituents as well as their budget would give the judges the power to handout alternatives to prison. There are over 750,000 registered sex offenders in the US and they are "presumed guilty until proven innocent"...you heard it right. Many are on there for non-contact and non-violent offenses. The U.S. has the highest prison rate in the world....1 in every 100 folks are incarcarated. And how does that affect the economy? They can't find a job because of their record therefore they and their family have to depend on public funds and maybe housing. We need new politicians with new ideas....not business as usual.