“I bring a survivor-centered and accountability-based mindset that includes data-driven reforms to reduce racial disparities and
increase safety for everyone.”
RESTORING TRUST TO KEEP ALL OF SACRAMENTO SAFE
Alana Mathews is a former prosecutor, executive leader, public policy expert, mentor and mom. She has the broad and diverse experience to bring the change our region needs to hold violent and serious criminals accountable while working with local leaders on real solutions to address homeless crime, the growing mental health crisis and the substance abuse epidemic. She will prioritize getting guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, protecting women from increased violence, and getting treatment and services for low-level offenders experiencing homelessness, addiction and mental health problems. A champion for transparency and prevention, Alana will work hard to rebuild trust and partner with the community to ensure that all residents of Sacramento County feel safe.
Ending Gun Violence
Gun violence is a public health crisis. Far too many lives have been taken as a result of gun violence and here in Sacramento County–it’s on the rise. We must do more to address gun violence if we expect our communities and neighborhoods to feel safe. As District Attorney, I will:
- Prioritize removing guns from those who should not have them–including domestic violence abusers.
- Tackle the problem of ghost gun violence, distribution, and illegal manufacturing in partnership with law enforcement officers, the California Attorney General and state legislators.
- Support violence intervention programs that apply a community-centered approach to addressing gun violence in neighborhoods with particularly high rates of gun violence.
- Educate and empower community members to utilize California’s red flag law which helps deescalate gun violence during dangerous situations & improves safety when clear warning signs exist.
Protecting Survivors of Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault
As a survivor of domestic abuse, I understand the unique complexities and challenges presented by these cases. Ensuring victims are offered the resources necessary to remain safe from their abusers is at the core of my beliefs. As District Attorney, I will:
- Prioritize early intervention and victim services as a key to reducing domestic violence and sexual assaults by working with community agencies, schools, youth organizations and faith-based organizations.
- Assign a team of attorneys to work with community agencies to review and assess cases appropriate for gun violence restraining orders against abusers who pose a high threat and work to remove guns from abusers as quickly as possible.
- Ensure high lethality protocols are standardized and signs that a domestic violence situation could turn deadly are well known. Identification of high-risk cases provides the opportunity to ensure safety for the victim and accountability for those who engage in violence.
- Create a community-run working group to promote public education and intervention strategies to ensure victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault are aware that there is help available.
Addressing the Homeless Crisis with Targeted Solutions for Safety
Sacramento County’s homeless population has sharply increased and continues to grow. The band-aid approach of incarcerating everyone in this population is costly and ineffective, while looking the other way just leads to more harm in the community. Moreover, the collateral consequences of criminalizing homelessness can create barriers to housing. We need an approach that prioritizes safety and stability with targeted solutions that meet the unique needs of those experiencing homelessness. As District Attorney. I will:
- Prioritize crime against and support unhoused victims. People experiencing homelessness are much more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators. I will develop rapid response teams that will work with unhoused and transitional communities to identify and target violent and serious offenders. They can no longer violate in the shadows with no accountability. I will also work to enhance victim services and resources to prevent victims of crime from becoming homeless or help them get off the street and into housing. Women, children, elderly and other vulnerable unhoused populations deserve safety too.
- Stop the one size fits all approach. Those experiencing homelessness are not a monolith. While those who engage in violent behavior that harm lives or property will be held accountable through the criminal justice system, this is not the appropriate response for everyone experiencing homelessness. I will support programs and policies that meet the unique needs domestic violence survivors, veterans, the working poor, foster and trans youth and the formerly incarcerated experiencing homelessness, as well as those with mental health and substance abuse issues.
- Connect People with Resources and Supports – We will establish Homeless Justice Centers to divert low-level, non-violent offenders away from the criminal justice system and connect them to resources to assist their unique needs. Social services providers, including housing support specialists, mental health providers, and substance abuse counselors will be embedded within the Homeless Justice Centers to provide targeted, evidence-based supports that help people obtain and maintain housing. With housing and wrap-around services, people are significantly less likely to commit additional crimes in the future.
- Eliminate Barriers to Housing – We must ensure the criminal justice system does not create barriers to housing. Criminal records commonly prevent unhoused people from getting into housing and securing employment. Where appropriate, my office will cease the current practice of opposing expungement applications filed by unhoused people that are designed to promote access to housing and employment.