Doesn’t Chesa care more about criminals than victims of crime?

Answer

No! He cares about justice and public safety and believes we can have both. He has dramatically increased support for victims and expanded the Victim Services Division, which serves victims even when an arrest is not made. He has promoted increased language access and cultural competency for the office. In every budget cycle, he has pushed for more support for victims.

Chesa also believes that the public is safer when we promote justice. Communities targeted by police violence feel safer when police are held accountable and are more likely to cooperate with law enforcement to solve crimes. When we address root causes of crime, we prevent recidivism. And when people feel treated with respect and dignity–rather than dehumanized–they are more likely to stay on track and contribute to their community.