Help Re-Elect Kari Brandenburg to her Fourth Term as District Attorney!
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2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year. The upcoming national and local elections represent many opportunities for people all over the country. For me, they represent the opportunity to let you know about the progress the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office has made—and to ask for your support in carrying that progress forward.
I am running for re-election as the Democratic candidate for the office of Second Judicial District Attorney. I anticipate opposition, but I know that with your commitment and ongoing support, I can continue working on your behalf, doing the right things for the right reasons.
When I took office in 2001, I had three primary goals:
-To raise the morale of the staff and support them to achieve their full potential;
-To increase the office’s effectiveness in prosecuting those who violate our laws; and
-To operate the office in a manner that restores the public’s faith in the integrity of the criminal justice system.
I am pleased to report we have made tremendous advancement on all fronts. I would like to share a few of our successes with you:
-Despite severe budget reductions in recent years, we have continued to make public safety our top priority by being creative and working smarter.
-You deserve to have the best representing you and toward that end, we pursue training opportunities for our employees throughout the country. We also provide many hours of quality in-house training and monthly workshops to fine-tune trial skills.
-We have initiated programs diverting cases from overcrowded court dockets, holding offenders immediately accountable and referring them to appropriate services so they can be successful.
-Our working partnerships with law enforcement, other agencies and community groups continue to be strengthened, enabling us to be proactive and work more efficiently.
Over the years, we have taken our responsibility to serve you and make our community healthier and safer very seriously. A few programs and initiatives aimed at just that are:
-Our Truancy Prevention Program—now ten years old—continues to be successful, keeping more kids in school and out of trouble.
-In 2002, we created a Felony DWI Division, focusing on dangerous repeat offenders.
-We also developed the Early Plea Program to fast track certain cases, thus decreasing overloaded court dockets and holding the offender immediately accountable.
-Our innovative Mether Initiative, one of the few programs of its kind in the country, targets offenders in crimes that have a methamphetamine connection.
- We work closely with successful specialty courts, such as Drug Court and Veteran's Court, to ensure that offenders have the best opportunity to be rehabililitated and not become a part of the "revolving door" epidemic.
I am honored to be your District Attorney and proud to have had the chance to make the office one of the best district attorney’s offices in the country. Among our ranks are some of the finest, most dedicated, and skilled individuals around.
I look forward to serving you another four years, with new ideas and goals to make Bernalillo County safer and healthier.
I ask for your support and for you to join us in our commitment to growth, to achievement, and to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Very truly yours,
Kari E. Brandenburg
Second Judicial District Attorney