Finally, the courts must be equitable. The law provides mechanisms that are designed to ensure that outcomes are not determined by wealth. The criminalization of poverty is unconstitutional and must not be tolerated in our court system. I will be a judge that has demonstrated instituting solutions with a racial equity analysis, a judge that has a demonstrated commitment to working with those most affected by the criminal legal system, a judge that can empathize with victims of violent crimes, and a judge willing to seek solutions that have yet to be tried.
We can only do this if people are given an opportunity to avoid our justice system on the front-end when they’ve made a youthful or minor mistake, and on the back-end when they’ve done all that has been asked of them by the courts.