As a leader in smart reform, District Attorney Soares has built an unparalleled reputation for reforming the criminal justice system. He has accomplished this from championing the reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws to implementing Raise the Age to ensuring that one’s economic status does not determine one’s ability for bail.
Examples of DA Soares successes in smart reform include leading the state on declining to prosecute low-level marijuana cases and continuing the fight for Rockefeller Reform and smarter drug policies. He invested criminal proceeds into youth programming and redirected thousands of defendants through alternatives to incarceration and offered real options for sealing past criminal convictions.
“I will never stop fighting to reform a criminal justice system that does not treat every person the same regardless of race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or the size of their bank account. When I see injustice, I will not rest until that is changed. Today’s threats to public safety not only come in the form of people with bad intentions; they also come in the form of poorly conceived public safety policies. With current changes in NYS laws, accused violent criminals are being released back into our communities thus making it harder to hold them accountable and keep our neighborhoods safe. This is unacceptable and I will not rest until this injustice is corrected. In 2020, I will seek the honor of representing the people of Albany County by building on my record of protecting our communities and leading the fight for smart reform.”
Why Prevention Matters
Prevention over prosecution. This has been the model David Soares has operated under since first taking office.
With a philosophy of stopping crime before it starts, David has promoted innovative ways of preventing harm and keeping young people out of trouble. David has strived to connect at-risk youth to education and jobs by creating or collaborating with a number of community organizations and leaders.
Prevention matters. School attendance matters. Safe spaces for youth to go after school and on the weekends matters.