Equity Statement

The Buncombe County District Attorney's Office envisions a community where public safety, and justice are not predetermined by socio-economic status, national origin, religion, gender, or race. As prosecutors, we prioritize fairness, justice, integrity, public safety, and equity. While we acknowledge a history of racial and socio-economic inequity that has harmed our community, we pledge to work to eradicate racism and implicit bias in our work.  We are committed to the exercise of prosecutorial discretion based solely on objective facts in the interests of justice.

We pledge our commitment to this statement by working toward:

  • reducing the impact of policies that sustain socio-economic disparities in our criminal justice system;

  • reducing racial and ethnic disparities in our local jail while we strive to enhance and preserve public safety;

  • ensuring broad non-discriminatory access and referral opportunities in appropriate cases to criminal justice diversionary and treatment programs;

  • creating new opportunities and programming to ensure that more justice-involved persons have access to recovery, job training, and a pathway to well-being.