The criminal justice system in Miami-Dade County is vastly unequal and predatory. People of color, immigrants and the poor are frequently victimized by law enforcement and find their lives caught up in the gears of an uncaring Kafkaesque labyrinth. The corrosive effects ripple outwards to their families and communities.
Melba Pearson wants to change that. She’s taking on Miami elected mainstay Katherine Fernandez Rundle for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office and has adopted a platform of justice and accountability. She took some time to talk about how she would do the job, what justice in Miami-Dade should look like, decriminalization of marijuana and other drugs, sex work, houselessness and myriad other issues.