Latest New from Joe:
Lincoln officials seek solutions to keep people with mental illness out of jail, prison
A message from Joe…
On Monday, January 29, 2018, I formally filed for re-election. When first elected four years ago, I vowed to continue the tradition of our office providing the highest quality legal representation while accomplishing the following: 1) adding a social worker to serve our many clients with mental health and substance abuse issues; 2) working to establish a mental health court to reduce the number of people with mental health issues caught up in the criminal justice system; and 3) participating in criminal justice reform efforts. I believe this and more has been achieved, and I hope to serve a second term to continue the strong path of leadership and results our office has delivered to the people of Lancaster County.
As I look toward the next four years, my goals are to maintain the high quality of legal representation by the public defender’s office while 1) ending the criminalization of poverty by working to end the money bond system; 2) reducing the number of people with mental health issues in the criminal justice system by completing their work to establish mental health courts, and by advocating for an increase of mental health services in our state and community; and 3) ending the failed War on Drugs by working to start treating addiction as a health problem, not a criminal one.
I believe accomplishing these goals will ultimately reduce crime, treat people more humanely, increase safety, and save the taxpayers money. Our office will continue to defend the rights of our clients, protecting all of us. I hope the people of Lancaster County will endorse these efforts and vote for me.
Here is the Lincoln Journal Star article for those interested:
2014 Swearing In Ceremony
I am honored to be your Public Defender and to continue the great history of providing effective legal representation at a low cost to taxpayers. After more than 34 years of serving in the Public Defender’s office, I have gained the experience, leadership, and relationships necessary to continue the excellent service that has been provided to the people of Lancaster County. I will work to protect our rights and our pocketbooks.