On The Issues

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Stop prosecuting insufficient and insignificant cases

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While other district attorney’s offices typically prosecute 50 to 60% of cases forwarded by the police, in Clark County the DA’s office prosecutes 89% of them. Not only does this clog the courts, delaying trials, but it contributes to Nevada’s high incarceration rate. This over-prosecution results from a toxic culture that prizes prosecution over promoting justice and focuses on winning convictions at any cost, too often at the cost of justice itself. Robert Langford will decline to prosecute cases that lack support by sufficient and legally obtained evidence.

Review past convictions, free the wrongfully convicted

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The DA’s Office has made it a practice to resist exposing new evidence that might reveal that a conviction was made in error or through misconduct by police or prosecutors. Robert will seize every opportunity to expose evidence that might allow an innocent person to go free, no matter how many years have passed. That includes fully staffing the Conviction Review Unit with prosecutors whose character and proven history of protecting the innocent are clear, so that when a pattern of past misconduct is found, any similar cases can be reviewed. To prevent wrongful convictions in the future, Robert will ensure that all potentially exculpatory evidence be shared with the defense, and will generally require as a matter of policy that confessions taken by police be videotaped whenever possible to be entered into evidence. Police officers found to have lied on the stand will be disqualified from testifying.


FOCUS ON SERIOUS CRIME

Target the crimes that matter most

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Just 6% of criminals commit 60% of our city’s serious crimes, but too many of these cases, notably homicide cases, do not end in a proper conviction. Robert will push for more proactive, intelligence-based policing and will shift prosecutorial resources to focus on the most serious crimes against people, including sexual assault, human trafficking, and homicide. Those who commit violent crimes against any of us must feel the full consequence of their actions.

Treat victims with respect and sensitivity

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Too often, the District Attorney”s office has failed to prioritize the needs of victims. The response to violence should be centered on the needs of survivors and based on accountability and developed in consultation with victim advocates and experts. Robert will expand support of victim/witness service programs and use a trauma-informed, evidence-based approach to improve handling of cases, particularly cases of sexual and intimate partner violence, and to improve communication with victims and family members.

Fight fraud and corruption

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Fraud and public corruption are forms of theft that exploit the less powerful in our society and undermine public trust in government. Robert has built a career standing up to people who have taken advantage of others by abusing their power. Robert will work with the community and law enforcement to charge and convict those who criminally defraud the public or abuse public office for personal gain.


RESIST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Protect immigrants while protecting everybody

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Robert Langford is dedicated to fighting President Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and increasing trust between immigrants and police — because cooperation is essential to law enforcement. As District Attorney, he will work to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of all residents, cooperating with federal authorities only to the degree required by law. Because legal proceedings can affect the status of immigrants and therefore relations between communities and law enforcement, Robert will take those effects into account when making prosecutorial decisions and setting prosecutorial policy.

Reject a return to the failed drug wars of the past

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The new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is enthusiastically discussing a return to the failed drug wars of the past, with increased prosecution of nonviolent drug offenses and use of mandatory minimum sentencing. As District Attorney, Robert will be our county’s first and best line of defense against this outdated and counterproductive approach, which wastes resources and does not make our city safer. Robert will instead seek to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment and use discretion to avoid unduly harsh sentences, so that we can focus our criminal justice system on keeping us safe from the small number of criminals who commit the vast majority of violent crimes.