"Our criminal justice system is in need of serious repair. I’m running for Commonwealth Attorney because I have the ideas, independence, and determination to reform this office. If elected, I will make significant changes in the way the criminal justice system works in Charlottesville and be an advocate for criminal justice reform."
Focus enforcement on violent crime, not simple marijuana possession.
Reform mandatory minimum sentencing that keeps nonviolent drug offenders in prison for too long—increasing racial inequality in our criminal justice system
Prioritize treatment and rehabilitation—rather than incarceration—for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders
End cash bail imprisonment - No one should be in jail because they can't afford bail
Acknowledge that implicit bias still exists across society—even in the best police departments—and tackle it together.
End racial discrimination facilitated by stop-and-frisk and racially charged searches
Reform or disband JADE to devote less resources on arresting people for simply being drug users and turning them against their own communities.
Make sure each defendant is aware of the evidence against them (discovery is very restrictive in Virginia)
It is the right of the community to set goals for reform. That begins with collecting and reporting data to inform policing strategies and provide greater transparency
Convene a citizen advisory council to advise the Commonwealth Attorney's office on policy and to give feedback on our practices.
Support community wide discussion about what role Charlottesville should play in the war on drugs and the war on immigrants, as well as sentencing reform
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