Crime costs the county 2 1/2 billion dollars a year. Part of the issue is that we take a reactive approach to crime rather than a proactive approach. Justice reform recently has made strides in the past couple of years, however, there is still work to be done. The overall goal should be to shift from punitive practices to a rehabilitative approach, because if we do not address the underlying cause of their actions and do not give them a path forward through education, family and/or individual therapy, job-training, or mentorship, there is a strong chance that they will to be caught up in the prison pipeline. That is why my plan will work to address these needs.
I am committed to winning the battle against crime with my 5-point plan:
Team up with Tom Dart to find new and innovative ways to utilize state police in helping with crime prevention.
Work with Chief Judge Evans in “Fair Sentencing Reform” for first time offenders with no criminal record. We need to begin to find alternatives to incarceration.
Expanding education and job-training programming in the County. Giving opportunities to ex-offenders and high school drop outs with our “Teaching Trades program.” Our office will adopt abandoned buildings to use to train 16 to 24 yr olds trades making them obtain immediate self-employed.
Increasing ankle monitor usage by 10% and making education (GED) a requirement for inmates to be eligible for parole. Similarly, juveniles will need to get their GED prior to satisfying their probation. As an educator I know that education shifts mindsets.
Working with the hospital board to make County hospitals specialize and invest in mental health programs for teens and young adults struggling with trauma from violence.