Former Arlington County Board Member
“I support Parisa Dehghani-Tafti for Commonwealth’s Attorney because Arlington’s Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office should be transparent and accountable. I support punishing people who commit crimes BUT we should care enough to find out how Arlington’s criminal justice system is treating people in our community and assure ourselves that it is the bad actors who actually repay society.
As someone who spent 20 years in elected office, I believe that government agencies at all levels MUST regularly and transparently analyze and report out performance data. In Arlington’s criminal justice system, if preliminary results show us that Black people are six times more likely to be prosecuted for marijuana possession, or that rape complaints are going up but rape convictions are going down, and or that Arlington is incarcerating people at a higher rate than neighboring jurisdictions, we need to take action together to improve the situation in ways that ensure justice. But we can’t do that without the information.
I trust Parisa to collect, analyze and share data to identify issues in our system that need attention. I know she will keep our community safe while also helping Arlington figure out how to best improve its criminal justice practices.”