Indy week – Judicial Candidates, DA-elect Commit to Durham CAN’s Justice Reform Agenda

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OCT. 27, 2018   1:03 P.M.

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Nine judicial candidates on the ballot participated. Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin and District Court Judge Amanda Maris are unopposed for re-election. District Court Judge Fred Battaglia faces civil rights attorney Dave Hall. District Court Judge Jim Hill faces assistant district attorney Clayton Jones. For the Superior Court seat being vacated by Judge Elaine O’Neal, senior assistant public defender Dawn Baxton faces assistant district attorney Josephine Kerr Davis.

They all were asked and agreed to:

  • Meet with Durham CAN leaders within ninety days of taking office.
  • Use resources like the 2018 Criminal Monetary Obligation benchcard in deciding whether to waive or reduce fines and fees.
  • Consider a defendant’s ability to pay court fines and fees and reduce or waive them when a person is unable to pay.
  • Consider money bail the last resort in suggesting pretrial release conditions.
  • Work with Durham CAN to expand language access in the courthouse.
  • Require race equity training for staff.

Early voting continues through November 3. Find the schedule and locations here.