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You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all the time. Yolo’s current District Attorney creates spin with county-paid press releases and campaign jabs. The data on Yolo Commons, https://www.measuresforjustice.org/commons/yoloda tells a different story.

Mental Health: DA Jeff Reisig accuses his challenger Cynthia Rodriguez of opposing mental health treatment. Expanding prevention, early intervention and treatment are among her core tenets. Reisig had 16 years to create robust programs, yet in the last two years Yolo reported only 19 persons referred to Mental Health Court. Rodriguez is committed to expanding mental health court participation.a

Substance Use Disorders: The DA bemoans the fentanyl epidemic yet only 39 individuals had access to Addiction Treatment Court over a two-year period. He is pushing legislation to authorize Yolo’s share of opiate settlement funds to go for coerced detention, despite robust opposition by mental and behavioral health experts. Rodriguez supports research and expertise.

Victims Rights: While other DA’s collaborate with independent victim rights agencies, our DA keeps this in house as another prosecutorial tool. Spend one day with Rodriguez and you will experience compassion for all victims, free of coercion.

Racial Disparities: Black Yolo County residents are being prosecuted at a rate that is more than 5-times their population in Yolo County.

Homelessness: Nowhere in the DA’s five-point plan to address homelessness is housing suggested. He criminalizes a condition that represents unaddressed economic, social and public health issues. Rodriguez supports housing and social supports.

The current DA creates narratives that crack under scrutiny. He creates window-dressing programs that he can control and use as leverage in plea deals. His commitment to recovery is shallow at best. Please, learn more about Cynthia Rodriguez at https://www.cynthia4yolocountyda.com/. She is the Winters own real deal.

Francesca Wright

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