ISSUES

There can be no justice when we utilize jails and prisons as our only solutions to our problems.  We think we are making people safer but we are just making more criminals and wasting taxpayers' money.  We need to realign our priorities to focus on serious crimes while at the same time providing treatment to people whose crimes stem from homelessness, mental illness, and addiction. 
LIST OF ISSUES
Focus Resources on Serious & Violent Felonies

Jacquie will focus the Office's resources to ensure serious and violent crimes are prosecuted effectively.

Promote Transparency & Demand Accountability

The Prosecutor's role is to serve the people of Oʻahu. Therefore, the public has the right to hold the Prosecutor's Office accountable.

Jacquie will fight to introduce the Prosecutorial Transparency Act that requires all prosecutors to make their policies publicly available and gather and report data.

Restore Communities & Make Oʻahu Safer

Putting more people in prison has not made our island any safer. Instead, incarceration exacerbates homelessness, drug use, and destroys families.

To effectively reduce crime, people must have the resources to meet their basic needs. They must have the opportunities to work hard and feel supported, not saddled with additional and unnecessary burdens.

End Cash Bail

There is no proven tie between money and public safety. Cash bail allows dangerous people to buy their way out of jail, while poor nonviolent people languish in jail.

Hawaiʻi currently spends over $93,000 per day to house pretrial detainees; individuals who have not been convicted of the crime for which they have been charged. Our resources need to be spent more wisely.

Support Reform Legislation

Legislation is often introduced to criminalize behavior that previously would not have led to incarceration.

Jacquie does not support the expansion of the criminal code. Instead, she believes laws should be passed to expand programs that address the roots of criminality and treat addiction as a public health crisis.

Give Victims a Voice

Justice needs to include all of us.

Too often, victim and survivor voices are not heard in the sterile courtroom environment. All too frequently, their needs are not addressed and they return to an unsafe space. 

Jacquie will work with victim advocates and experts to develop appropriate, trauma-informed support networks for survivors and their families.

Demand Equal Enforcement of the Law

No one is above the law.

Jacquie will work to ensure people in power who break the law are held accountable.

Make Services the Priority

Jacquie will build bridges with community organizations that have a proven record of success in providing comprehensive services. She will use these connections to support motivated individuals who have been arrested to succeed in lieu of prosecution.

Expand Diversion Courts

When services are insufficient to meet public health and safety needs, specialty Courts, such as the Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Veterans Court will be utilized. Specialty Courts cost less than incarceration and reduce the likelihood that someone will re-offend, which makes our communities safer.

Increase Mental Health Treatment

We must stop using our jail as an ineffective and inhumane mental health facility.

As Oʻahu's Prosecutor, Jacquie will play a critical role in ensuring that those who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse disorders receive the treatment they deserve so that our island becomes a more safe and humane place for everyone.

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