This is our moment.
This time we can defeat the status quo. Here is what sparked my decision to run a second time:
What I will do as your DA to reduce crime:
Create a diversion program
for our young first-time non-violent offenders. We can do better than just marshal our young people through the court system only to create a criminal record. Diversion programs can be both rehabilitative and punitive but allow that first-time offender to have a second chance at a fresh start.
Use funds seized through drug forfeitures to help heal the community:
Each year, the police and DA’s office seize hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug traffickers. Typically, all of those funds go to enhancing law enforcement. As your DA, I will ensure that a portion of those funds will be to:
- Help create a community center in Pittsfield
- Support the addiction treatment centers in our community so that more space is available for in-patient treatment for addiction.