OREGON DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
DESCHUTES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
WHY DID YOU BECOME A PROSECUTOR?
District Attorneys are uniquely positioned to convene communities to develop programs and strategies to improve community safety. Bringing people together to figure out how my community can be as safe as possible is why I ran for district attorney.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
Doing the right thing on a daily basis, regardless of how a decision will be viewed by the public or the media, is sometimes hard, and always rewarding.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR WORK?
When someone has been harmed and I’m unable to hold the offender accountable, due to evidence problems, legal restraints, witness availability challenges, or other issues, it’s painful to deliver this news to the victim.
WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND THE WORK YOU DO?
That I was elected to ensure justice is done on a daily basis. I’m not here to gain convictions at all cost. If you’re a suspect and you’re innocent, you rely on me to deliver justice just as much as a victim relies on me to hold a guilty offender accountable.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE COMMUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?
That the criminal justice system belongs to all of us. I’m not the keeper of the system – we all have to do our part to ensure we continue to have the best criminal justice system in the world. We do this together by valuing the importance of jury service, by participating in elections for judges, sheriffs and district attorneys, by engaging with our legislators regarding criminal justice issues, and by holding me accountable if I stray from the values of my community.
DO YOU HAVE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE?
I serve on the board of the Deschutes County United Way and on the alumni board of the Bowen School of Law, my alma mater.
OF THE WORK OF YOUR OFFICE, WHAT MAKES YOU THE MOST PROUD?
We work hard to ensure that the public understands the decisions we make and that they trust we base our decisions on the facts and the law and never on the relative power or prestige of the involved parties.
Diversion Programs and/or Alternative Sentencing Programs and community engagement programs.
The Goldilocks drug program is a three-tiered strategy for how we prosecute drug offenses. Level one, Clean Slate, involves diverting possession cases immediately into the medical system, before charges are even filed. Tier two, Boost, involves traditional prosecution, which results in entry into drug court or a conviction with a small amount of jail time. Tier three, Deter, is enhanced prosecution for repeat commercial drug dealers that results in us seeking the maximum incarceration sentence.