“Criminal justice reform should start at a local level, it’s time for new leadership that will reject the status quo. We must end policies like cash bail that create two systems of justice, one for the poor, and one for the wealthy."
Being a criminal defense attorney has given me the opportunity to help people when they are going through one of the most stressful times in their lives. It also opened up the realities of how unfair our criminal justice system is for our most marginalized people.
I’m running for Travis County Attorney to bring a new perspective and change the way we prosecute misdemeanor offenses. I plan on making changes to policies within the control of the County Attorney's Office that focus on fairness, justice, and rehabilitation.
The current culture of incarcerating our way out of drug addition, mental health issues and poverty doesn’t work. Putting people in jail, especially for low-level misdemeanors, doesn’t make our communities safer. Today, we are wasting taxpayer dollars filling our jails when we should be using that money on services to improve the quality of life in Travis County.
In addition to the financial costs of our criminal justice system, there are human costs. For the single parent who is stuck in jail because they can’t afford to pay bail, the risk of losing their job, home, and not knowing who will be caring for their children is a common struggle. We need a criminal justice system that’s based on accountability and rehabilitation. This means coming together to do things differently.
I believe the Travis County Attorney’s Office can change our system by fixing how we handle low risk, low-level misdemeanor offenses. We can start offering more diversion programs and rehabilitation services that lead to better futures and stronger communities. It's time we make criminal justice reform a priority in Travis County.
It will be an honor to earn your vote on March 3, 2020.
Please reach out to me if you have questions or want to share issues that you care about. You can email and call my personal cell 512-751-1302.
More about Dominic
Dominic is a Progressive Democrat and a bold advocate for criminal justice reform. He was born in Austin and grew up in Elgin, Texas. He attended St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.
He is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Travis County and surrounding areas. Prior to going into law, he was active with the Communications Workers of America fighting for employee rights. He volunteers with local community organizations to help our homeless and advocates for changes to improve lives in Travis County. Dominic lives in Pflugerville with his wife and son.