It’s Pretty Simple.
District attorneys are the gatekeepers to the criminal justice system for kids and adults.
Your D.A. has a tremendous amount of decision making power; from the culture in the D.A’s office, to the plea negotiation process (nearly 95% of cases are decided through plea agreements), & holding police accountable.
But you have the power by going to vote to ensure that your D.A. is progressive.
- When to pursue charges against a youth or instead allow their families or schools to address that youth’s behavior.
- When a kid’s behavior gets addressed through the state juvenile system.
- When a kid’s behavior gets addressed using adult criminal punishment.
- Whether a person who has been arrested should be kept in jail or set free.
- Who gets charged with a crime and who doesn’t.
- The seriousness of the crime or crimes charged against a person.
- Whether or not to charge a person with a crime that has a mandatory minimum prison sentence.
- When charges should be dropped or dismissed because of a lack of evidence.
- When a witness should be held in jail even if he/she committed no crime.
- How fair the plea offer is.
- When a person should get the opportunity to enter a diversion or treatment program.
- What recommendations the state will support for a person’s probation.
- The amount of cash bail the state wants to put on a person in jail awaiting a trial.
- When a person will face a death sentence.