PITT COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACE
This year, Color Of Change PAC is helping Black voters in Pitt County get empowered to cast game-changing votes to elect Faris Dixon 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.
Faris Dixon and Derek Brwon are competing in the Pitt Democratic Primary Election in the District Attorney race. The Democratic Primary Election will be held on May 8th, 2018.
Faris Dixon has practiced law for over 25 years, serving as an assistant district attorney for over 13 years, and he is currently a defense attorney in private practice. Dixon has witnessed the corruption of the current DA’s office firsthand, and he wants to make a change.
Dixon’s platform emphasizes trust and integrity. He supports the establishment of a Conviction Integrity Unit, which would review closed cases to ensure that individuals weren’t wrongfully convicted. Dixon is committed to creating a more fair criminal justice system for all residents of Pitt County.
Derek Brown has been practicing law for the last 20 years. He has served as a criminal defense attorney and as an assistant district attorney.
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, who make up only 35.3 percent of Pitt County’s population, made up 79.7 percent of the people in jail in 2014. (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 Faris Dixon?
Color Of Change PAC members are making history by working to elect Faris Dixon and transform criminal justice in Pitt County. We need all the help we can get.
- “Pitt County, North Carolina”, U.S. Census Bureau, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/pittcountynorthcarolina/PST045217
- “Pitt County, NC”, Vera Institute of Justice, http://trends.vera.org/rates/pitt-county-nc?incarcerationData=all
- “Justice For All?”, The Reflective Democracy Campaign, http://wholeads.us/justice/