WHAT IS A DISTRICT ATTORNEY?

The District Attorney (DA) is the elected community leader who helps shape our justice system. Thousands of cases pass through the prosecutor's office each year, and it is the job of the office holder to center the values ​​of the community when making decisions on each and every case. As an elected community leader, the district attorney is responsible for ensuring that the justice system operates transparently, treating everyone in the community fairly and with dignity and respect, regardless of who they are, what they look like, or where they come from.

gold and silver round frame magnifying glass
gold and silver round frame magnifying glass

THE PLAN

Matthias has a clear vision and commitment to change, centered on building a safer, fairer, and stronger Bernalillo county.

A SAFER COMMUNITY...

AND FAIRER COMMUNITY...

MAKES A STRONGER COMMUNITY.

A safer community is one in which we follow the facts and are laser-focused in our pursuit of evidence-based solutions that reduce the risk of harm to people and property. Our current one-size-fits-all approach to crime makes us less safe by separating families, overcrowding our jails and prisons, and engaging in short-term thinking.

A fairer community is one in which people who undermine safety are held accountable in a manner that is proportionate and restorative. It’s an environment where folks struggling with substance use, poverty, and mental health issues are not stigmatized, and are given the opportunity to get the help they need and move their lives forward in positive ways.

A stronger community is one in which every community member is treated fairly and respectfully regardless of who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. It is a community where individuals and families in every neighborhood feel safe and secure, with hope for the future.