Service and Integrity

PLATFORM

"I come from a single parent household where education and employment are highly looked upon.  My mother is a retired Philadelphia educator and my father, while not living with us, was a Presbyterian minister.  I am proud to say that my family has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember.  I want to now work for you.  We need more alternatives to incarceration while continuing to provide for the safety of the community.  We need to create more living wage jobs for the former offenders and continue to make getting guns and drugs off our streets a top priority.  With over two decades of public service, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done.
 
LIST OF ISSUES
What inspires me the most about the criminal justice system is that it is intended to be fair and provide a level playing field for all.  However, I know that I am not alone when I pick up a newspaper, read of a recent verdict and say “that wasn’t fair at all.”  This is why I say that the law is “intended” to be fair.  The intent is that when a dispute arises between fellow citizens or the police and a citizen we have a place to go and air these disputes.  A forum with a presiding judge who has common sense, the ability to listen and then decide the case based upon all of the evidence.  If elected, the accused before me will not be bullied through the criminal justice process and the victim will not be forgotten in the shuffle to get things done.
Outmoded Bail System

I agree that the practice of using money bail as a means of

pre-trial detainment for all offenders is a medieval tool which should only be reserved for the worst allegations.

Cash bail disproportionately affects the poor and based upon my experience, defendants will often admit to crimes simply because they know they cannot afford bail and they want to be released.  Studies have shown that the specter of bail has been shown to increase the likelihood of a conviction by 12 percent and of future recidivism by 9 percent.

The costs of incarceration

It costs the taxpayers approximately $42,000 each year to feed and house state incarcerated individuals and approximately $26,000 per year to care for those who are incarcerated in the county.

What is my philosophy and why should you vote for me because I believe in treating everyone equally.  If elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, I would give no preference to race, gender, sexual orientation, financial status, or position in the community.  I would listen intently, judge one’s credibility or believability and then render a verdict based upon all of the evidence.
What about our criminal justice system needs to be reformed concerns the overwhelming volume of cases which appear every day on the court’s calendar. These cases will either involve a first-time offender or a repeat offender. As a prosecutor, I would attempt to help first-time offenders with sentences which would not permanently impair their employment and education prospects. As it concerns recidivists (repeat offenders), my philosophy is that those individuals should be fitted with a sentencing program that allows for not only retribution but also, rehabilitation and independence from a life of crime. This service to formerly incarcerated individuals can best be accomplished by developing partnerships between City agencies, criminal justice partners and nonprofit organizations so that these individuals are able to find gainful employment despite the stigma of a felony conviction.

© 2019 by the Committee to Elect Kendra McCrae for Judge