Felony Justice reform advocates landed two huge election victories on Tuesday (November 3) evening.
José Garza gained his district lawyer race in Travis County, Texas. In the meantime, Monique Worrell gained her contest for Orange-Osceola state lawyer in Florida.
These wins are a rebuke to President Donald Trump who ran a marketing campaign centered on a law-and-order, within the wake of large protests in opposition to police brutality in opposition to unarmed Black folks.
“Garza and Worrell had been elected as a result of their messaging round public well being, public security and the truth that we can not prosecute and incarcerate our approach out of society’s issues resonated with voters,” Tiffany Cabán, a progressive 2019 district lawyer candidate in New York Metropolis, advised The Appeal.
Garza is a former public defender. Throughout his marketing campaign, he vowed to scale back prosecution on drug possession and gross sales for beneath one gram. These kinds of circumstances contributed to the disproportionate prosecution of Black suspects and their mass incarceration.
Worrell, who participated in Black Lives Matter protests in Orlando in June, is a former protection lawyer. She’s going to substitute Aramis Ayala, the departing prosecutor who didn’t search re-election.
After her 2016 election win, Ayala, who’s Black, introduced a coverage of by no means searching for the loss of life penalty. The then GOP Gov. Rick Scott stripped Ayala of loss of life penalty eligible case.
Worrell is anticipated to face an uphill battle to reform the prison justice system with the Republican Get together controlling Florida.