After running against each 12 years ago, the candidates running for Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2018 squared off at a League of Women Voters’ debate Monday evening.
Incumbent Democrat Lynn Pryor is challenged by Republican Rick Boling and the two fielded many questions at the forum, including what they would change about the criminal justice system, when to go to trial or have a plea agreement and the role of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
When questioned about the increasing population in county jails and prisons and what can be done to lower those numbers, Pryor says her office has already implemented plans to help people avoid going into the prison system.
Boling says alternative forms of sentencing, besides incarceration, should be more taken advantage of to keep people out from behind bars.
There were several rebuttals throughout the night from both candidates. Boling says in order to quell the opioid crisis, there will need to be federal involvement working together with local resources. Pryor says she would work closely with law enforcement to bring dealers in opioids into custody, while working with local youth to educate them on the dangers of those drugs.
Hear the entire debate below: