On May 8, voters will take to the polls and cast their ballots for the next district attorney of Buncombe County. This is a critically important election, and if Asheville is going to emerge as the truly progressive city that we like to think we are, we need to elect Ben Scales for DA.
Ben Scales is following in the footsteps of trailblazing Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner by putting forth a truly progressive agenda. He is promising to end mass incarceration in Buncombe County by ending cash bail and ceasing to prosecute nonviolent drug offenses.
The policies that led to mass incarceration have had disastrous effects on communities of color in Asheville, and we need a DA willing to reverse the decades of overcriminalization of black and Hispanic people that has led to increased poverty, homelessness and disenfranchisement.
Instead of punishing drug offenders, Scales is campaigning on the promise to divert these individuals to treatment programs that will address the root cause of the so-called crime. He also plans to review and possibly overturn existing marijuana convictions, potentially returning home many men and women who should have never been incarcerated in the first place.
End mass incarceration. Elect Ben Scales.
— Luke Fernbach