These steps must be taken to address our broken criminal justice system:
Cash Bail – Our citizens save tax dollars when we reform the cash bail system.
Civil Forfeiture – We must stop the unlawful seizing of property from citizens without a criminal conviction or legal justification.
Community Engagement – A functional Criminal Justice System is not only transparent but also encourages community engagement.
Conviction Integrity Unit – We will build trust by having Transparency in our Criminal Justice System.
Data Collection – We will maintain and track data from prosecutions for quality control and a transparent administration.
Early Diversion – Diverting low level, non violent offenders from jail decreases the issue of overcrowding.
End Overcharging – We must end the culture of overcharging citizens in an effort to force guilty pleas to lower charges.
Environmental Protection – We will prosecute offenses against the environment to the full extent of the law.
Fraud/Corruption – We will have a zero tolerance for Corruption and Fraud within our administration.
Guns/Firearms – We will prosecute violent criminals and illegal gun traffickers zealously but will also advocate for the creation of a Gun Court to address non violent offenders.
Law Enforcement Community Relations – We must encourage community policing to heal the relationship between our citizens and members of law enforcement.
Legislative Advocacy Role of the District Attorney – We must advocate for smart justice instead of the continued tough on crime stance that has continually failed us.
Marijuana – The prosecution of recreational marijuana users is a drain on court resources.
Police Accountability – Police officers will be held accountable for crimes committed.
Prosecutorial Discretion – We will grant assistant prosecutors the discretion to administer even-handed justice without regard for blanket office policies.
Prosecutor Training – All assistant prosecutors and staff will undergo mandatory training to eliminate implicit bias in the administration of justice.
School to Prison Pipeline – Our schools must avoid introducing our children to the Criminal Justice System.
Smart on Crime – We must differentiate between ‘Tough on Crime’ and ‘Smart on Crime’.
Stance on Mandatory Minimums – We will continually advocate against the re-institution of Mandatory Minimums.
Treatment Services, Not Jail Sentences – Not all criminal charges warrant a jail sentence.
Victims’ Input/Restorative Justice – Victims must be heard in a fair and functional Criminal Justice System.