Mark E. Anderson, the Republican candidate for Salt Lake County attorney, has outlined his platform in a bid to unseat first-term incumbent Democrat David Yocom.
Anderson said he would help coordinate community efforts in a war against crime, drugs, youth gangs, alcohol misuse, child abuse and pornography. His job as county attorney would be as an administrator-attorney, and he would set a high moral tone and positive direction for the more than 50 capable attorneys working in the county attorney's office.Anderson supports the concept of home confinement for non-violent offenders, a solution that would allow offenders to continue working, supporting a family, repaying victims and contributing to society while serving a prison sentence.
"Jails, besides being very costly to build and maintain, do all the bad things we do not want in our society. Jails turn petty wrongdoers into accomplished criminals. Jails put children on government aid and their mothers on welfare. Jails take people out of productive work," he said.
Anderson believes a criminal's punishment must include paying damages to the victim, which can't be accomplished from jail.
Anderson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah Law School. He said he has been a Utah Supreme Court law clerk, a trust officer with United California Bank, co-founder and president of Associated American Mutual Life Insurance Co., member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and LDS Church mission president in Finland.