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Chesterfield County Commonwealth's Attorney

Duties - The Commonwealth's Attorney prosecutes violations of state law and local ordinances in circuit, district, and juvenile courts and provides legal advice to the local government.Term - 4 yearsSalary - $149,980 minimum from Virginia Compensation Board and not including any optional county supplement

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    Stacey T. Davenport
    (Rep)

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    K. Scott Miles
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What is the greatest challenge facing the Commonwealth's Attorney's office and how will you address it?

What is your position on the use of diversion, alternative sentencing, and restorative justice?

What will be your priorities during your term?

This job is about justice and safety through enforcing our laws. It's not about popularity. As your Commonwealth’s Attorney, I will lead an office that will follow the “Rule of Law” and ensure the safety of our families. I will advocate for victims while ensuring attention to detail for every case – whether a felony or misdemeanor. My priority will be to seek justice for all citizens, even if its not always popular in the court of public opinion. Chesterfield deserves and expects nothing less.
Every case must be evaluated independently based on its own facts and circumstances. I do not believe in any one-size-fits all policy for prosecution. There are cases for which these alternatives to incarceration would be appropriate, and in those cases, I would support using them.
Working as a team with Chesterfield Police, our Sheriff, and all criminal justice stakeholders. Protecting the safety of Chesterfield families by prosecuting domestic violence and child abuse as aggressively as possible. Partnering with surrounding jurisdictions to develop a task force on human trafficking. Strengthening our response to criminal gang activity to reduce drug distribution and violent crime. Raising awareness in the community of the signs of abuse and addiction to prevent crime.
Combating decades of indoctrination with the false choice of "tough" or "soft" on crime. I am demonstrating that making our criminal justice system fairer and enhancing public safety are complementary efforts through policies that mitigate discrimination against lower income people in our community and implicit bias in policing, prosecution, and jurisprudence, through the establishment of a felony drug diversion program, and through constricting the "school-to-prison pipeline."
I support all three approaches, when thoughtfully pursued. I am establishing a felony drug diversion program, and maximizing the use of alternative sentencing programs. Restorative justice programming is most obviously applicable in our school system and in our court services unit, where diversion of juvenile delinquency cases is frequent. I've been educating myself on the model, with an eye toward broader possibilities within our justice system.
The continued assertive and skillful prosecution of violent crime, including but not limited to crimes of domestic violence. The maturation of our felony drug diversion program (currently in a pilot project stage). The continued reduction of the use of cash bail. The establishment of a mental health docket in our courthouses. Increased diversity in our office. Legislative engagement to advocate for laws enabling additional justice reform. Raising the asset forfeiture threshold. Discovery reform.