CRIMINAL JUSTICE

I have spent a lifetime serving citizens in law enforcement, and I have seen that there is no greater service than protecting and serving one’s community. I believe that the best way to continue protecting and serving the citizens of Texas is to change the way that criminal justice works in our state. In my time as Sheriff, we made many reforms and made tremendous progress but much work still remains.

We must end the era of mass incarceration, cash bail, and for-profit prisons. These are major contributing factors to systemic oppression, racism, and classism, and combatting their harmful effects on our society is a major step forward in the fight for a fairer Texas.

We must work together with municipalities to strengthen the bonds of trust between police and communities and train our police forces to the highest standard, because better trained police forces equal safer cops and safer streets.

In addition, I will ensure the humane treatment of undocumented immigrants, and decriminalize small possession of marijuana. Criminal justice is my passion, and I will push to make sure that Texas is on the front lines of the most effective and progressive practices and reforms in criminal justice.