JAKE ON THE ISSUES
Learn more about Jake and his vision for the future of Liberty and Justice for All of Washington County.
ENDING UNECESSARY CASH BAIL
"Cash Bail," refers to the practice of forcing a defendant awaiting trial to pay a certain amount of money before being released from custody. For many members of our community, the amount set is more than they can afford, and not commensurate with the underlying charges. Attorney Mihalov proposes eliminating cash bail.
Constitutional protections are the cornerstone of our Democracy and our Justice System. Attorney Mihalov sees every day how those rights are eroded and degraded by unnecessary or overzealous prosecution of low-level offenses. Whether it is an impossible bail for a retail theft, a small amount of drug possession that carries a license suspension, or a years-old conviction that makes applying for gun ownership a crime, the hidden costs of a conviction can be a blight on our communities and our citizens' futures. Attorney Mihalov, as an experienced trial attorney, is in a unique position to exercise prosecutorial discretion for the betterment of the citizens of Washington County.
CUTTING WASTEFUL SPENDING OF TAX DOLLARS
The Washington County Correctional Facility houses, on average, over four hundred people. It costs the county around $150 per person per day to do so. If we could eliminate the necessity, though bail policy or otherwise, to house even a quarter of those individuals, we could save upwards of $5,000,000 per year. That's enough to cover the tax assessment increase for the entire county twice over.
TREATING ADDICTION AS A HEALTH ISSUE
By understanding the opiod crisis and drug use in general as an issue of public health and not issue of law enforcement, we can better allocate our resources to fighting and eliminating it. Rerouting even a fraction of the funds that we use to arrest and incarcerate individuals for personal-use drug offenses into treatment has a positive affect on the community and individuals as a whole. Many of our fellow Washington County residents have been touched by the opiod crisis, and many of us probably know someone that is in need of treatment. By being more selective with incarceration, and more inclusive with treatment, we can reduce recidivism and free up funds to investigate and prosecute those bringing harmful drugs into our communities.