If elected judge, one of my main concerns will be to make sure individuals with mental health issues are better served. Many defendants with mental illness are not receiving the treatment they require, and are caught in a cycle of repeatedly taking jail pleas, sometimes several times a year. These individuals can spend decades in and out of the system without any professional assessment or treatment for their mental wellbeing. Common non-violent crimes committed by this group include criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana and theft.

As judge, I will devote myself to breaking this cycle for people battling mental illness.

– Johnny

 

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