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Tompkins County DA seeks third term

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Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten has announced his candidacy for a third term, emphasizing his commitment to further positive changes within the community’s justice system.

Since first assuming office in 2017, Van Houten has focused on bringing progressive reforms and is now gearing up to enhance the county’s restorative justice program.

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He believes that more can be done to improve the justice system in Tompkins County and sees his re-election as an opportunity to continue this important work.

Van Houten’s tenure has been marked by efforts to address community concerns and innovate within the legal framework. His future plans include expanding the restorative justice program to provide meaningful consequences in criminal cases, aiming to foster a more positive perception of the justice system among residents.

Identifying as a progressive prosecutor, Van Houten advocates for alternatives to incarceration and emphasizes the importance of addressing the individual needs and challenges of those within the justice system.