Early Voting: February 18 – 28, 2020 | Election Day: March 3, 2020

ISSUES

“As of May 1, the court had 3,154 pending cases — 981 more than the average caseload in the six county courts that handle other misdemeanor offenses, like drunken driving, marijuana possession and theft.”

“Defense attorneys, victims’ advocates agree: Family violence court is too slow.”
Austin American-Statesman June 10, 2019

Margaret Chen Kercher will end the backlog by:

  • Rehabilitating individuals who suffer from drug and alcohol dependencies or mental health
    crises by prioritizing treatment-based options instead of jail.
  • Creating a new diversion program for first-time offenders who would be better served by treatment and social services in order to break the cycle of abuse and mass incarceration, while protecting survivors of domestic violence.
  • Reducing the risk of gun violence by ensuring that people subject to family violence protective orders
    surrender their guns for safe storage.
  • Transferring non-intimate cases (cases involving siblings, roommates, and parents) to other misdemeanor courts in order to ensure justice is served.

Pol. Ad. Paid for by Margaret Chen Kercher Campaign, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act. Carrie Collier-Brown, Treasurer.