See where James stands on the major issues facing an incoming prosecutor. From enforcing the laws that keep our community safe, to safely reducing incarceration and working on substance abuse and mental health issues, James has fresh ideas about improvements that will lead to better outcomes for less money without compromising public safety.
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Enforcing our laws and protecting the citizens of Whatcom County is the paramount duty of the county prosecutor. As a seasoned criminal prosecutor, James has the proven experience to keep communities safe. He has worked closely with law enforcement to successfully prosecute offenders and advocated for the most vulnerable victims in our society, child victims of sexual abuse. Securing justice on behalf of abused children is the proudest accomplishment of his professional career. James will enforce the law with an emphasis on the successful prosecution of violent and sexual offenders. He has the experience and the judgment needed to keep our children, families, and community members safe.
We've voted twice against building a big, expensive jail in Ferndale. The prosecutor's current approach has lead to the failing and over-crowded jail. James will bring a fresh and modern approach to criminal justice to this important office. He will work with others to safely reduce the jail population rather than ask you to pay more taxes for more jail beds. He will implement the overdue reforms that have been recommended by the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force which have been proven to safely reduce incarceration in other communities.
Incarceration is a costly and ineffective way to address substance abuse and mental illness. James will fully commit to using our county's therapeutic drug court for non-violent offenders to treat people with substance abuse disorder, reduce crime, and save tax dollars. He will ensure that the prosecutor’s approach meets the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards published by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He will also work with other stakeholders to increase access to community-based treatment options for those with mental illness.