Real Criminal Justice Reform in King County.
The role of the prosecutor is one of, if not the biggest contributor to mass incarceration in the United States. Our jails are full all around the country because prosecutors nationwide are trained in the habits of coercive plea bargaining, over sentencing, and prosecuting youth as adults. The time for this to end is now.
I am running for King County Prosecutor because I have watched this county administer an unequal system of justice. During my twenty-year tenure as a public defender I have watched this county enforce the law with a heavy hand when dealing with communities of color, the poor and vulnerable families. I watched this same system fall short when tasked with holding our most powerful institutions to the same standard of accountability that we expect from our most vulnerable residents. This is wrong. When power is not held to account, our community loses trust in our justice system. Rebuilding that trust requires real reform -- it is not enough to be progressive around the edges while leaving a core structure that is harmful, flawed and wasteful. Our values only matter when we act on them. As Prosecutor, I will act on our county’s progressive values and keep our communities safe and strong.