Two candidates are vying to serve as Solano County’s top prosecutor. They are incumbent District Attorney Donald du Bain and one of his chief prosecutors, Krishna Abrams.
Both are adept at getting cases prosecuted – the primary focus of the office. The incumbent, however, brings a wider scope of accomplishments to the table in a relatively short period of time. Two things stand out from his first term in office.
Du Bain was a driving force in establishing in April 2013 the new Family Justice Center at 604 Empire St. in Fairfield.
This is not the Family Justice Center’s first iteration. The center since 2011 had been located in cramped quarters – three offices and some cubicles – within the District Attorney’s Office on the fourth floor of the county Government Center. Du Bain worked with the county to expand the center – the 18th in the state and the 81st in the nation when it was established – into something more.
The new center is a one-stop shop for a wide array of services that are geared toward the victims of family violence. Some are governmental in nature, but others have no ties to government operations.
There’s an area where children can play while a parent receives services. There’s a room for Sheriff’s Office and Office of Family Violence Prevention staff and advocates. The nonprofit LIFT3 Support Group has a room at the center, where it can offer its services to people who need them. County Health and Social Services representatives work out of another room. A room is set aside for spiritual counseling.
Officials said the new center has served hundreds of people since it opened its doors.
Du Bain also helped establish a Truancy Court in cooperation with the county’s Office of Education and Superior Court. The focus of the court is to bring in the parents of children who are truant in the younger grades, and get them to make their children attend elementary school on a consistent basis.
Incumbent du Bain understands that to combat crime effectively, you need to get to the root causes of crime. That includes the need to ensure that children attend school.
The Truancy Court made its debut in October 2011. Dozens of cases have been heard. Parents in roughly half the cases improved their children’s attendance to the point that their cases were dismissed. We call that a success. These children will now have a good chance at success in life, rather than the life of crime we often see with school dropouts.
Bottom line: Donald du Bain is established in the community. He understands the people who live here and the issues that face the community. He has a vision for how to improve life for Solano County residents, and works to turn that vision into reality.
We encourage Solano County voters to return du Bain to office June 3.