Everyday Injustice Podcast Episode 60 – Arlington Prosecutor Parisa Tafti

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Arlington Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti was elected as the commonwealth’s prosecutor overwhelmingly in November after stunning the incumbent prosecutor Theo Stamos by a 52-48 margin.

She ran a progressive campaign centered on criminal justice reform during a contentious and expensive primary.

Her focus on reform has turned her into a target for reactionary critics.

As the Washington Post wrote recently: “Ms. Dehghani-Tafti is part of a new generation of prosecutors who have criticized tough-on-crime policies and have advanced an agenda for a smarter, more equitable, more compassionate judicial approach. That agenda may upset the status quo…”

Recently her efforts to deliver on her promise “have run into opposition from judges who have taken highly unusual — and some say inappropriate — steps to undermine her discretion as the jurisdiction’s top elected prosecutor.”

She told Everyday Injustice that one her main principles is: “I don’t want to make people felons if we don’t have to.”

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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