Zena McClain For Chatham County District Attorney


McClain, who has practiced law in Savannah for over two decades, is seeking the position of the county’s top law enforcement official. “My entire career has been centered on fighting for justice. Whether it was defending the innocent or fighting against racism and other types ofdiscriminatory acts, I’ve always fought for justice. Being a Criminal Defense Attorney, I understand how the system works. Therefore, I can assure the citizens of Chatham County that when I am elected, they will have a true “justice reform warrior” that will prioritize the prosecution of the most serious crimes and be expedient and effective in adjudicating less serious crimes. I will lead with integrity and consistency and will be resolute in my doctrines on equity and transparency.”

“Nothing is softer on crime or more dangerous than failing to address violent crime and the root causes of crime,’’ McClain said. “The citizens of Chatham County deserve a DA who is committed to finding out the truth and seeking justice. The DA should not only prosecute but should also actively engage the community, helping to find solutions to fix the crime problem. Reform conscious individuals like me are not the enemy of the people and justice should never be at odds with public safety.”

My legal experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney, personal background ¸ work within the community, and commitment to equal justice for all, will help me bring about true reform within the office of the District Attorney.’’ Zena McClain, stands for: • Ending mass incarceration in Chatham County • Ending systemic racism within the criminal justice system • Prioritizing the prosecution of the most serious/violent crimes • Instituting Restorative Justice Programs in State and Superior Court • Revamping/Re-establishing the Early Intervention Program, making the process of adjudicating cases efficient and effective • Increasing the use of diversion programs (expanding access into such programs) (such programs offer an alternative to incarceration , addressing the root causes of crime) • Restoring and strengtheni ng relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement; and, building solid partnerships with key community agencies • Employing a diverse and qualified staff that reflects the community they serve • Adopting a new style of prosecution that focuses heavily upon risk based outcomes by assessing the risk and managing the outcomes for solutions; rather than continuing the current practices of “locking up and throwing away the key” and recycling offenders in and out of the criminal justice system

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