DURHAM COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACE
This year, Color Of Change PAC is helping Black voters in Durham get empowered to cast game-changing votes to elect Satana Deberry as District Attorney. Before the May 8th primary, we’re hosting community engagement events like the #BlackJoyBrunch in order to improve the criminal justice system.
Satana Deberry and Roger Echols are competing in the Durham Democratic Primary Election in the District Attorney race. The Democratic Primary Election will be held on May 8th, 2018.
Satana Deberry opposes money bail, is committed to treating addiction and mental health issues as medical problems rather than crimes, and has vowed to reject the return of the failed drug war.
She is passionate about protecting our young people. Currently, the Durham District Attorney prosecutes children as young as 13 years old in adult court. If elected, Deberry will immediately end the practice of prosecuting children under 18 in adult court and create more diversion programs so that juvenile cases never reach court.
Deberry will stand up to police misconduct by prosecuting police when necessary and rejecting cases that rely on abusive or discriminatory actions by police.
Roger Echols has been the District Attorney of Durham County since September of 2014. Echols has had years to enact criminal justice reform in Durham. Instead, he has chosen to uphold a system that is biased against Black people.
He pursued charges against protesters who took down confederate statues and only dropped the charges after a judge acquitted one defendant and dismissed charges against two more.
He has not taken a stance in support of ending money bail. Echols has given no indication that he will do anything but maintain the status quo.
Daniel Meier has been representing clients as a member of the County’s court-appointed defense counsel. He does not believe in the complete elimination of money bail.
Where do I vote?
Early voting begins April 19 and runs through May 5. Voting day for the general election is May 8th.
If you haven’t registered, you can register at any Early Voting site and vote at the same time! SAME-DAY REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE ON VOTING DAY, MAY 8th.
Why is the District Attorney (DA) race so important?
District Attorneys have an enormous impact on Black communities. They have the power to decide who gets prosecuted and the severity of each prosecution. That’s why voting in local elections is crucial. If a crooked District Attorney wins an election, they can use their power to increase conviction rates in a jurisdiction through preying on low-income Black folks. For example, DAs have the power to set unaffordable cash bail on Black folks, even after reviewing their financial situations.
You might be wondering: ‘So if District Attorneys have so much power over our communities, why aren’t most of them reforming practices that hurt Black people?’ The answer is simple. Crooked District Attorneys over-arrest Black folks to create revenue for their jurisdictions. Black people make up only 38% of Durham’s population, but make up 60% of the people in jail. (1,2) ‘Tough on crime’ legislation will never protect Black people, especially when 95% of all elected District Attorneys are white in the United States. (3)
How can I help elect Satana Deberry?
Color Of Change PAC members are making history by working to elect Satana Deberry and transform criminal justice in Durham County. We need all the help we can get.
- “Durham County, North Carolina”, U.S. Census Bureau, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/durhamcountynorthcarolina/PST045217
- “Durham County, NC”, Vera Institute of Justice, http://trends.vera.org/rates/durham-county-nc?admissions=count&similar=jailpopulation&incarceration=disparity
- “Justice For All?”, The Reflective Democracy Campaign, http://wholeads.us/justice/