Fanon RuckerFor Hamilton County Prosecutor
November 2020 Update: incumbent Joseph Deters was re-elected for a seventh term as Hamilton County Prosecutor. Deters’s current term ends in January 2025.
As Hamilton County’s longest serving Prosecuting Attorney, Joseph Deters has failed to implement crucial reforms to fix our justice system. Deters, a Republican, has sent more people to death row than any other prosecutor in Ohio, and under his leadership, Black people, who made just 27% of the population, accounted for over 55% of the county’s jail population in 2017.
Fanon Rucker (D) is a former judge, prosecutor, and civil rights attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience. Throughout his career, he has witnessed firsthand how our justice system punishes poor people who cannot afford to pay their way out. Rucker has a long record of progressive advocacy for bail reform and reentry programs, and supporting victims of violent crimes. As Prosecutor, he will continue to implement bold reforms, and bring fairness and integrity to the Prosecutor’s Office.
As County Prosecutor, Fanon Rucker has pledged to:
- Eliminate cash bail for nonviolent offenses.
- Establish a dedicated Conviction Integrity Unit to review and overturn wrongful convictions of innocent people.
- End death penalty prosecutions because they are expensive and prone to error.
- Support the creation of community programming to ensure returning citizens are given the proper resources to successfully reenter into society.
This November, we have the opportunity to finally elect a new Prosecutor— one committed to achieving public safety without criminalizing poor and Black people.
Vote Fanon Rucker for Hamilton County Prosecutor on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. You must be a registered voter to participate in this election. Register to vote today or check your registration status with the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
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