During my time as Sheriff, a great deal has been accomplished. I am running for re-election because I wish to continue the excellent service I have given to members of the community, and to build on the successes we have made.
In 2014, a new correctional facility was opened, on time, and under budget, and we transitioned smoothly and easily into it. We fully implemented the Recovering from Everyday Addictive Lifestyles Program (REAL Program), which assists residents of the Richmond City Justice Center (RCJC) to positively and comprehensively address their addictions and behaviors, while appropriately modify their thinking.
REAL has garnered both national and international attention because of its successes in rehabilitating those leaving incarceration and coming back into our community. In 2016, the Richmond City Sheriff's Office was the recipient of a 100% Life, Health, and Safety inspection, and, in 2017, we were awarded a grant of over $670,000 to create a mental health pilot-program, which will address the needs of individuals who are diagnosed as low to mid functioning.
I want to continue the standard of excellence the Richmond City Sheriff's Office has set in meeting and exceeding the expectations of our agency. We plan to expand the REAL Program, and other rehabilitative and recovery efforts, to residents who want help overcoming their addictions. We will carry on our work with young people and senior citizens in the community we serve. We will continue to run and secure the RCJC and courts, while executing civil process and the warrants division.
As we move towards the June Primary, I look forward to delivering my message to voters in Richmond. I humbly request your vote on the Democratic ballot on June 13.
Helping residents become better citizens, not better criminals.
The jail is in the community, and the community is in the jail.