The Iowa Standard reached out to all federal and state legislative candidates to find out where they stand on the idea of defunding police and abolishing both the police and prisons. This idea is supported by Des Moines Black Lives Matter.
Republican Garrett Gobble is challenging Democrat Rep. Heather Matson in House District 38.
Here is Gobble’s response:
“I do not support the idea of police or prison abolition. While I do think we can always find room for improvement and reform, we cannot entertain the idea of tearing down our system of justice in this state and country.”
Rep. Matson has not responded.