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Violent crime must be a priority, and I’ve made it a priority my entire career. I’ve prosecuted murderers, rapists, child abusers, and robbers throughout my career. These cases have encompassed the most complicated capital murder, sexual assault of women and children, aggravated child abuse, and armed robbery cases Mobile County has seen. It is vital that the top prosecutor in Mobile County has the experience necessary to tackle these types of cases.
I also understand from my experience that all crime is intertwined. Violent crime cannot be the sole focus of a prosecutor, because focusing solely on violent crime is reactive. It does nothing to prevent future violent crime.
Most violent crime is intertwined with drug and property crime. Most property crime is intertwined with drug crime, and often leads to violent crime. It is a myth that prisons are filled with people that have an addiction to drugs and only committed a drug crime, harming no one else. Our prisons in Alabama incarcerate 85% violent offenders and 15% property crime offenders. Most of these inmates have had accompanying drug charges, but the number of inmates serving time exclusively on drug offenses is statistically insignificant, and usually involves inmates who have had their probation revoked for violating probation.
We have resources in place to help nonviolent people with addiction problems overcome their addiction and divert them out of the criminal justice system so they can again be productive citizens. Similarly, we have resources in place to help veterans who commit nonviolent crimes overcome the issues unique to veterans, diverting them out of the criminal justice system so they too can be productive citizens. Resources for offenders with mental health issues are on the horizon.
The backlog of cases due to the COVID pandemic has been an issue now for two years. When trials were shut down for the safety of the public, offenders no longer had a reason to resolve their cases because they knew they were never going to trial. That changed in January of this year, and we at the District Attorney’s Office have been prosecuting cases at a faster rate than ever.
I will continue to address the backlog in cases by continuing this rate of prosecution, as well as reallocating experienced prosecutors to address all cases from the beginning, prosecuting those cases even faster. In this way, the backlog of cases can be diminished in the early stages of prosecution, as well as at the end where cases go to jury trial. This will result in cases getting to trial much faster, providing speedy justice for victims of crime.