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CONTINUE BUILDING A FAIRER JUSTICE SYSTEM

FOCUS ON ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES

The justice system in Hennepin County has taken massive strides toward building a fairer justice system, and as county attorney, I will continue these efforts. Violent and repeat offenders must be held accountable for their crimes and incarcerated, but we must focus on alternatives to incarceration for our low-level, first-time offenders.

I WILL WORK TO CONTINUE BUILDING A FAIRER JUSTICE SYSTEM BY:

  • Continue to push for alternatives to incarceration for low-level, first-time offenders

When dealing with first-time, non-violent, and juvenile offenders,  alternatives to incarceration should be pursued, with incarceration used only as a last resort. The primary goal when dealing with this group of offenders must always be rehabilitation and education, not just punishment. I would expand the use of diversion programs, drug and juvenile courts, and restorative justice. 

  • Work to increase transparency within the office

We must release relevant data on charging decisions and the actions of the office. 

  • Reform the "Brady List" 

We need Brady reform to make sure that police officers with a clear history of impeaching their credibility are not called upon to testify for the county

  • Hiring and retaining black and brown prosecutors and staff

  • Common-sense immigration reform

ICE will treat a 365 day stayed gross misdemeanor sentence as an ‘aggravated felony’. That subjects those probationers to a fast-tracked deportation. Often these probationers are non-violent offenders or others who judges have sentenced to two years of supervision with jail time with treatment conditions to address substance abuse, mental health, and anger management issues.


However, ICE will lump them into the same category as violent felons and speed up their deportations. This often tears families apart and deprives children of their breadwinner, and hurts immigrant communities. This also hurts victims since they will never receive restitution.


If prosecutors ask for 364 days stayed rather than 365 days, these immigrants will not be fast-tracked out of the country.
As Hennepin County Attorney, I will make sure gross misdemeanor offenders are held accountable for their crimes, but also given community-based treatment to address substance abuse, mental health, and anger management issues.