My response to a request for comment regarding the Pennsylvania District Attorney Association:
“I respect the decision of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to withdraw from the Pennsylvania District Attorney Association (PDAA). He took a stand for what he believed was in the best interest of not only his county, but the criminal justice system as a whole. If we had more leaders within the criminal justice system that are willing to stand on their core beliefs & principles of fundamental fairness, we could effectuate change across the board.
The views and policies of the PDAA are partly responsible for many of the issues that plague our criminal justice system; their desire to restore mandatory minimum sentences & their failure to adopt innovative approaches to case dispositions being the most problematic.
Once elected, I will not seek inclusion in the PDAA unless the organization demonstrates a willingness to reconsider their policy positions and the negative impact they have on the citizens of the Commonwealth.
We have fundamental differences on how criminal justice reform and restorative justice can be achieved. A District Attorney should pursue justice, not merely convictions; a District Attorney should seek balance and reform in the criminal justice system. As District Attorney, I will not perpetuate a continuance of the same stale, conviction based, unequal justice that we have seen in Allegheny County the past 20 years.”