OVERZEALOUS PROSECUTORS OUSTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SHOWING THERE IS STILL HOPE
Good news on the criminal justice front!
FOR THE FIRST time in nearly 40 years, voters in Republican-leaning Harris County, Texas – where the state’s largest city, Houston, is located – have elected a Democrat as their next district attorney. “This is Houston, in all of its glory and diversity, and I am so proud to be your DA,” Kim Ogg told supporters Tuesday night. “We’re going to have a system with fair bail; we’re going to have a system that doesn’t oppress the poor; we’re going to have a system that goes after the rapists and the robbers.”
Ogg’s victory is one in a string of electoral successes for more progressive prosecutor candidates who have run campaigns focused on the reforming the excesses of the criminal justice system.
In Chicago, for example, Democratic candidate Kim Foxx roundly defeated incumbent county attorney Anita Alvarez in their primary race and won the seat in an overwhelming election-day victory, promising to remake Cook County justice. “Our work is just beginning, this election night is the start of a journey to fixing a system that we know needs repair,” she said.
Reform-minded candidates were also elected in Corpus Christi, TX; Denver, CO; Jacksonville, FL; St. Louis, MO; and Santa Fe, NM — among other jurisdictions. To many criminal justice stakeholders, these and other election victories signal a growing trend. “These results signify that overzealous prosecutors that resort to draconian sentences and pursue convictions with a win-at-all-costs mentality will soon see themselves being replaced with leaders who have rejected these failed policies of the 1980s and 90s, and are truly committed to reforming the justice system with proven, evidence-based, equitable solutions that increase public safety,” said the Fair Punishment Project’s co-founder and Harvard Law professor Ronald Sullivan.
This is really heartening and a sign that voters are fed up with the unfairness of our system.AnneD, Robert Thomas 85, Charles and 11 othersnevereVereven, AllyCat, Eggar, SurrealAmerican, whispers, A little weird, Hari, h-32, CNW, bbgrunt, LiberalArkie like this
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