Candidates for the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Sentences: In what cases, if any, would you support legislation requiring judges to impose mandatory sentences? Do you feel Maryland should build a maximum security facility for juvenile offenders? Please explain.
Spending: In which areas of government should the state spend more money or less? Please be specific.
Legislation: Give three examples of legislation you intend to propose.
Donald H. Dalton (R), 70, of 8603 Springdell Place, Chevy Chase, a practicing attorney, serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society and on the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee. A former Washington Post reporter, he is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served in World War II and was a planning officer for the Navy Department.
Sentences: (a) A mandatory sentence should be imposed in the case of murder in committing a felony. (b) I do not feel that Maryland should build a maximum security facility for juvenile offenders. They should be treated differently than adults and kept under parental supervision if practicable.
Spending: More money should be spent in securing employment for a maximum number of people; health benefits should take priority in financial planning; education. I recommend the "Padeia Proposal" -- all students should receive the same education from first grade to graduation.
Legislation: 1) Cameras in the courtroom. 2) Education. 3) Free trial, free press.
Margaret C. Schweinhaut (D), incumbent, of 3601 Saul Rd., Kensington, a member of the Senate since 1961, chairs the Executive Nominations Comittee and is on the Legislative Council. Previously, she served in the House of Delegates from 1955 to 1961. Her legislative work emphasizes areas of concern to the elderly, disabled and handicapped.
Sentences: (a) I favor mandatory sentences for repeat offenders involving serious crimes. However, mandatory sentences will increase prison population and, therefore, construction of new prison space must be expedited. Additionally, my husband, who was a federal judge, believed strongly that some flexibility must be left to judges, and the law and sentencing be applied to the facts in each individual case. (b) Rehabilitate, where possible, present structures into maximum security facilities for dangerous juvenile offenders.
Spending: More: First priority should be to meet human needs, including adequate help for handicapped persons; a high level public educational system; emphasis on economic development which will ensure jobs; accelerated attention to prisons; putting our roads and bridges in safe condition; and an adequate police force. Less: Less money for such projects as Memorial Stadium in Baltimore City.
Legislation: 1) Legislation on behalf of long-term care of the frail elderly. 2) Condominium legislation. 3) Other legislation now under study.