Shannon's Vision

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TRUST

Public safety requires trust between the community and the DA’s office. Shannon will work hard to re-build that trust. Victims and their families often feel frustrated, unheard, and lost. As DA, Shannon will help them understand the system, navigate the system, and obtain services to address their pain and loss. Witnesses will no longer be threatened into testifying but rather directed to legal counsel to discuss their rights and obligations. For defendants, Shannon will end overcharging, inappropriate mandatory minimums, and high bails that cost enormous human damage. Instead, she will set the stage so defendants can freely exercise their rights.

 
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TRANSPARENCY

Who you know or your zip code should not determine your fate in prosecution. Age, education, income, and race often results in a criminal justice system that works differently for different people. It’s time to start telling the truth about how inequalities impact every stage of prosecutorial decisions, influencing which victims garner attention, who is charged (and the severity of charges), who is offered plea deals, and who is offered rehabilitative versus punitive sentences. 

 
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TRANSFORMATION

Shannon will transform an outdated DA’s office into a national model for efficiency, innovation, and fairness. She will lead a prosecutor’s office that works with a deeper understanding of why the system is not working fairly or effectively. They say if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it. Shannon will use measurement and data to ensure the right people are prosecuted for the right reasons, pursue smart alternatives to jail, minimize the use of cash bail, and ensure the net of civil forfeiture is narrowly defined. 

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SHANNON  MCAULIFFE’S PROGRESSIVE  AGENDA

• End  mass  incarceration  of  young  black  and  brown  men  by  prioritizing  rehabilitation  and education  over  prison  for  non-violent  offenders.

• Eliminate  discrimination  in  our  criminal  justice  system  so  everyone  gets  the  same treatment,  regardless  of  skin  color,  zip  code,  or  income.

• Improve  mental  health  services  to  stop  crime  before  it  happens.

• Treat  addiction  like  a  disease,  not  a  crime.

• Prosecute  sexual  assault  and  harassment  crimes.