Flynn Broady on Criminal Justice Reform
One of the issues I am passionate about is Criminal Justice Reform. Criminal Justice Reform is critical to all citizens and is normally the first step in perceiving equality among our diverse citizens.
Key to Criminal Justice Reform is:
- Placing an emphasis on the front end for our young men and women by providing mentors, activities and guidance, and allowing our youth to grow up and fulfill their potential. Many of our young men and women are raising themselves and learning about life through bad influences. To prevent this, funding must be provided for after school activities, boys and girls clubs, police athletic leagues and other similar programs. Once again, this requires an upfront investment in our youth, one that will pay dividends, as our youth will receive the direction and guidance needed to be good upstanding citizens.
- Adequately funding our public defender programs to ensure that the needs of defendants, who are otherwise placed at a distinct disadvantage in our criminal justice system, are being met. Too often the perception of inequality exists at all levels of the criminal justice system. For our minority populations that perception is their reality. By properly funding public defender offices we can reverse that perception, and in doing so, improve the relationship between our minority communities and the criminal justice system.
- Accountability Courts: In recent years funding has been provided for accountability courts. Accountability courts provide treatment for those involved in the criminal justice system with substance abuse, mental health and or issues brought on by service in the military. The accountability courts have been very successful in reducing recidivism and attacking the core issues responsible for bringing its participants before the court and returning its participants to the community as productive tax paying members. These courts need to be expanded and that expansion will need to be funded. This initial investment will reap the benefits of lower numbers incarcerated at all levels. Doing so saves local governments money while at the same time increasing tax revenues.
As both the Veterans Court Coordinator and DUI Court Prosecutor, I have seen the amazing transition Accountability court graduates make from initially becoming part of the court program to completing the court program.
Equality, in all forms, is vital for the societal growth; how do you aim to achieve this?
As a lawyer, it is important to approach every issue from as many sides as possible, to gain a better understanding. We as a nation must remember the ideals upon which our nation was founded. The inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not only highlighted by the Declaration of Independence but guaranteed in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. As a Congressman, I will understand that one’s rights only extend to the point that they don’t interfere with the rights of another. Approaching all issues from many different perspectives, I will seek out the solutions that promote the welfare of our citizens and the sustainment of our environment. I pledge to work with all parties to do what is best for our constituents. While at the same time stand up for those without a voice. My moral compass will never waiver, my integrity will never be in question. My values will always reflect equality, opportunity and justice for all.
All great attorneys are zealous advocates for their clients. At the same time, they exhibit and maintain their morals, values and integrity, and never waiver from them. I have stood in the gap against our enemies on the battlefield. I have represented the people of Cobb County with the highest degree of integrity, never wavering my morals or values. As a Congressman, I will do the same because that is who I am.
Equality is not an unreachable ideal.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
Flynn Duncan Broady, Jr. was born in Queens, NY, August of 1963. He is third generation military and his father and Grandfather served in the Army, so naturally, he was exposed to military life at an early age. To serve his country and defend its constitution were embedded in him early on. Above he speaks about his journey into law, and how he will work towards his aim of ensuring equality for all.
Excerpted from Lawyer Magazine Monthly.