“I’m proud of the successes we’ve made — like creating diversionary programs that reduce crime, using data to eliminate disparities, and building a victim-centered prosecution model that focuses on the needs of individual victims,” Descano said. in a video posted to his Twitter feed.
Fairfax County’s top prosecutor will run for a second term.
Steve Descano, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia, announced Thursday that he will run for re-election in 2024. The former federal prosecutor took office in 2020, ousting longtime incumbent Ray Morog after a campaign that promised to alleviate mass incarceration and socioeconomic disparities in the county’s justice system.
“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made — like creating diversionary programs that reduce crime, using data to end disparities, and creating a victim-centered prosecution model that focuses on the needs of individual victims,” Descano said in the video. posted on his Twitter feed.
“I strive to build a comprehensive justice system where justice and security go hand in hand.”
As one of several prosecutors elected to local office in 2020 on a progressive platformDescano sought a data-driven approach to uncovering biases in the criminal justice system.
In July 2021, Descana ordered a three-year analysis collecting data on charges, court appearances, plea agreements, and sentencing to “eliminate disparities, whether racial, economic, or geographic.”
In a press release announcing his candidacy, Descano’s campaign listed early endorsements, including state senators Janet Howell, Jennifer Boyska and Barbara Favola, as well as Dells. Kerry Delaney and Dan Helmer.
A lawsuit was filed against Descan’s office last month Prosecutors are believed to have mishandled the child abuse case, missing a key deadline and then offering a plea deal that upset the victim’s family.
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