Bryan has established his commitment to progressive reform, understanding that in order for the community to be truly safe, the criminal system must strive to be fair to all people who come before it. Bryan has a proven track record establishing his commitment to reform.
A sample of the initiatives that Bryan has championed demonstrate why Alexandria should support him for four more years!
- Has repeatedly supported efforts, such as Governor McAuliffe’s civil rights restoration policies, that restore civil rights and the benefits of citizenship to those who have paid their debt to society.
- Has embraced the notion of the prosecutor as a minister of justice, adopting charging policies and ethical rules which push back on the notion that a prosecutor’s job is to obtain convictions.
- Has publicly acknowledged the systemic racism inherent in the American criminal system while adopting training and policies designed to address it.
- Supported the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana possession and the defelonization of simple possession of hard narcotics
- Eliminated requests for cash bail, a practice which penalizes poverty.
- Supports the abolition of the death penalty. Immediately waived the death penalty in all four capital murder cases charged under his leadership.
- Revamped recruitment and hiring practices, resulting in one of the most diverse prosecutor’s offices in Virginia.
- Required the use of “open file discovery” to ensure persons charged with crimes have access to all of the evidence available in their case.
- Served on the Virginia Bar’s Task Force which codified Alexandria’s open discovery policies statewide.
- Created the Alexandria Mental Health Initiative and the Alexandria Treatment Court to divert from conviction and incarceration individuals with mental health and substance abuse problems.
- Substantially reduced the use of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crime, requiring multiple layers of review and approval before charging offenses carrying such penalties and publicly supporting the reduction or elimination of mandatory minimums.
- Revamped juvenile charging practices to presume that juvenile offenders should remain in juvenile court except in the most violent of cases.
- Created a diversion program for individuals charged with certain minor offenses which allows citizens to avoid criminal convictions and thereafter seek expungement.
- Made significant changes to his office’s policies regarding expungement petitions, approving over 99% of expungement petitions during his time in office.
Bryan’s record proves his commitment to progressive ideals and reform. Bryan has consistently championed initiatives that balance the safety of the community with the role of the prosecutor to ensure due process and fair play.