Ben Scales for District Attorney of Buncombe County

On the Issues

See what a real Progressive can bring to the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office.

Real Change in the DA's office

I will restore the relationships necessary for the efficient administration of justice between the District Attorney’s Office, the courts, and law enforcement, all of which have broken down in various ways over the past four years.

I will pursue the real change in the culture and approach to justice of the DA’s Office that many people thought they would see from the current DA.

I will bring equity and diversity to the DA’s Office to more accurately reflect the diversity of the community.

Focus on Serious Crime

I will target the crimes that matter the most and stop prosecuting insufficient and insignificant cases.

I will vindicate the rights of the most vulnerable among us, with a particular focus on crimes against women, children and the elderly.

I will fight fraud and corruption by working with the community and law enforcement to charge and convict those who criminally defraud the public or abuse public office for personal gain.

I will treat addiction as a medical problem and not a crime.

I will work to protect the environment by prosecuting polluters who threaten our communities by illegally dumping waste on our streets and on private property as well as into our waterways, and by poisoning our air.

End mass incarceration

I will work to end cash bail imprisonment, automatic imposition of court costs, and other elements of the “guilty until proven wealthy” mindset.

I will review past convictions, and free the wrongfully convicted.

I will work to bring police and communities together.

Stand up for our rights and liberties

I will reject a return to the failed drug wars of the past. I will 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.

I will protect immigrants while protecting everybody.

I will do everything in my legal and constitutional power to control guns and limit damage from their misuse in Buncombe County.

Together, we will achieve real justice for victims and others caught up in the criminal justice system.

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