CLARK COUNTY —
“I will institute a policy where my deputy prosecutors object to any continuance that isn’t necessary to ensure a due process right to a defendant,” Mull said.
Mull clarified that it is up to the judge to grant a continuance, but before doing so, he or she will often look to the prosecuting attorney for an objection or acceptance.
“If the prosecutor is very consistent about objecting to those continuances and making a record of that, then the judges are less likely to grant those continuances, so the prosecutor does have some control over that,” he said.
Mull said the jail population can also become more manageable and less expensive to tax payers through the use of the Clark County Drug Court Program, of which he is a founding member.
He said for some drug offenders, the first step is to get them behind bars where they will have the chance to become sober.
“I do believe, strongly, in nonviolent drug addicts being given that opportunity to go into these drug treatment programs,” Mull said. “It is just so heart wrenching on families to see their loved ones in these addictions, and I will do everything I can if these people are incarcerated, once I feel like they are not a danger anymore to anyone, to transition them to inpatient drug-treatment programs and allow them to, hopefully, get clean, and then they will not be out stealing to support their habits or committing other crimes.”
He said it is the job of the prosecutor to identify inmates who are good candidates for the drug treatment program, and to work with court officials to expedite their release from the jail and progress to becoming productive, tax paying citizens.
Mull said he would also like to see those who fail to make their child support payments held to a harsher standard.