By Caleigh Carlisle
ARLINGTON, VA – Real Justice PAC has published an endorsement of Parisa Dehghani-Tafti for re-election as Commonwealth’s Attorney of Arlington County and the city of Falls Church, Virginia.
The Real Justice PAC was founded in 2017 to help elect “judges to use the power of their office to reduce overcrowding, police violence and injustice.” Since its establishment, the PAC has supported 64 candidates, and 35 were elected. Real Justice PAC first endorsed Dehghani-Tafti in 2018.
Since taking office in 2019, Dehghani-Tafti, a former public defender, has created new policies and programs for those in prison.
According to the Real Justice PAC, his accomplishments include “dropping simple possession of marijuana charges, reducing the incarceration rate by 30 percent, and ending the criminalization of the mentally ill.” and substance abuse.”
On Dehghani-Tafti’s website, she wrote “(W)e implement a mental health system that does not require someone to plead guilty to a crime before receiving help. It is already get too many graduates and the program is overpowered”.
Dehghani-Tafti has also partnered with the Vera Institute for Justice, an organization dedicated to working with local organizations and lawmakers to end mass incarceration and provide solutions to its negative effects.
Dehghani-Tafti has also created a prosecution unit to investigate and defend against false convictions, and has pioneered a policy to prevent the use of intimidation during jury selection. real justice on behalf of the community” – Real Justice PAC notes that it is the first policy in the US to prevent the use of emergency procedures.
The organization reported that in the Dehghani-Tafti jurisdiction, homicides dropped by 50 percent, a stark contrast to the 30 percent increase nationwide, and that stated, “In 2021 and approximately 16 months, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church recorded zero homicides.”
As stated by the Real Justice PAC, in August 2021, it began an effort to return Dehghani-Tafti from his position. Supporters believed recalling his policies made Arlington County unsafe.
According to the Washington Post, Dehghani-Tafti said that the recall efforts have no legitimacy. He wrote, “They cannot (and cannot) win at the ballot box because they are trying to enforce their own interests through a political decision around the democratic process.”
Despite these recall efforts, Dehghani-Tafti will continue to run for re-election. The first election will be held on June 2.
The Real Justice PAC concluded, “We know Paris will continue to build a better justice system that protects us, treats everyone, and reflects the values of the community, and empowers us.” he is sure to be re-elected.”