I will continue to work with our elected representatives on contemporary matters including:
- Criminal justice reform. Our criminal justice system touches many parts of our society — crime victims, community safety, offenders, and others — and should involve input from a wide range of stakeholders.
- Examining non-law enforcement responses to calls
Crime is increasing in our municipalities based in part on the COVID Pandemic and needs to be addressed. We need to develop policing strategies and take action to reduce this increase in crime, and at the same time, continue to be aware of the Pandemic’s on-going effect on our community.
The current policy of the jail not accepting many individuals on serious charges, and many individuals wanted on warrants including felonies, creates an environment of no consequences, and keeps Victim’s from being Victims. Without any additional bond conditions, mental or substance abuse treatment, some will re-offend, and some will not appear in court but remain in our community without supervision and proper treatment. When defendants do not appear, victims are not eligible for restitution and the right to provide a Victim Impact Statement to the Court.