Mental Health & Drug Treatment
Too often low level offenders are imprisoned because they struggle with mental health or addiction issues. Instead of receiving help and becoming productive members of society, they are sent to prison where they are exposed to hardened criminals. I will advocate for addressing their core issues instead.
Bail Reform & Pre-Trial Incarceration
Low level offenders should not be incarcerated pre-trial when the Presumption of Innocence is attached, unless and until they are either convicted after a trial or plead guilty voluntarily.
Successful prosecutions mean the successful prosecutions must be just convictions. The innocent are proven not guilty and the guilty are proven guilty. As District Attorney, my office will obey all laws and disclose evidence to the defense to ensure we properly and justly convict criminals and set the innocent free.
Improving the Pace of Justice
Dutchess County residents deserve a faster and more responsive justice system. Often cases take too long to conclude, affecting the lives of both the victims and the innocent.
Justice and Fairness
Justice and Fairness are paramount to protecting Dutchess County residents. Unfairly prosecuting criminals allows them to walk free as we recently witnessed. It can also convict the innocent. As District Attorney, I will ensure that we are fair in the pursuit of justice so our convictions stand and the public and the innocent are protected.
Reducing Mass Incarceration
Low level offenders, primarily younger ones, should be allowed in the community under probation and supervision instead of prison. Prison converts them into hardened, professional criminals. This is counterproductive and robs young offenders of a chance to become good citizens, making our communities more dangerous.
I will create an Integrity Division to ensure the DA’s office adheres to best practices. This will ensure convictions stick and allow the accused the due process they are entitled to.