Miles Apart

Chesterfield’s new prosecutor has moved to change the way the county handles nonviolent, first-time offenses



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Change is uncomfortable for most people. After 30 years of the status quo in Chesterfield, I am proud that the Commonwealth's Attorney office is demonstrating the value of safety, equality & transparency. Mr. Miles has proven in a mere 6 months that he leads by example. He and his team in the CA Office have made great strides in criminal justice reform where people with substance abuse disorders are helped; they value equality where there is no racial/financial disparity by reforming cash bail; they have implemented smart justice where resources are not wasted on offenses that are not a threat to public safety. I look forward to seeing the positive changes Mr. Miles and his team can do in 4 years!

A. Mitchell more than 3 years ago

Sorry, A. Mitchell, but you're wrong

Setting aside the fact that six months is barely enough time to notice any impact of Miles's controversial plans, the most disconcerting statement in your premature evaluation of his performance is his implementation of "smart justice". It is *never* a prosecutors job to hand out justice as he sees fit. That is for the judges and juries of the courts to do. It is Mr. Miles's role to enforce the laws of Virginia, not for re-writing the laws of the Commonwealth or being arbiter of what he thinks is right and wrong. If he wants that job, run for state senate.

A.B. Seay more than 2 years ago

The Sky is Not Falling in Chesterfield

No one is perfect and every candidate has their strengths & weaknesses. For instance, I admire the passion Ms. Davenport has for domestic violence & having a female Commonwealth Attorney in Chesterfield would certainly be a milestone. Despite this, I do not feel she is the best candidate for this elected position. Your comments imply, that I am wrong, the author of this article, Ms. King, is wrong & even the latest article on Sheriff Leonard, a Republican, who supports some of the successful items Mr. Miles' & his team at the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney's office has put in place- specifically "Leonard said he supports some of Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles’ ideas, including reforming the cash bail system because of how it affects those of lower socio-economic status. Leonard also favors decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana " ( is wrong. Further, no one in the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney's Office is sitting around writing laws- this is ludicrous & the voters in Chesterfield are too informed to fall for such fearmongering. Smart Justice does not support any prosecutor to "hand out justice as he sees fit:" as you stated. For accurate information regarding Smart Justice, the ACLU provides a website at

A. Mitchell more than 2 years ago

Chesterfield Has Spoken

"Smart Justice", or whatever buzzword you want to use, is all the same thing: removing accountability from an individual's actions and making greater society pay the price. If you don't like the laws, change them in the legislature.

Miles's unilateral, non-collaborative, and hubristic policies are clearly not welcome in Chesterfield. He spent nearly a year sticking his thumb in everyone's eye. And, in a state that otherwise went blue, it should be doubly-embarrassing for him that he lost by such a wide margin. He never had a mandate. Clearly.

So, now we move on to Stacey Davenport with the hope that we can restore the mission and purpose of a Commonwealth's Attorneys office - to uphold and enforce the law. Don't like that? Go t the legislature and change the laws. The Dems have the majority in Virginia now. Get to work. Just NOT from the prosecutor's office.

A.B. Seay more than 2 years ago

Miles policies do not reflect the "change" Chesterfield County wants or needs

Mr. Miles has decided to demolish the concept of separation of powers in Chesterfield County, backed by deep-funded pockets from questionable national sources. I'm not sure how we, as a country, started down this dangerous path where those elected to executive branch offices now legislate from their office, but it is troubling trend.

Please do Chesterfield County a favor in November, kind electorate, and remove Mr. Miles from office. He doesn't deserve to be there. This shortcut nonsense to effecting change is disturbing, and he narrowly beat Childrey last November, which means his half-baked agenda far from represents a consensus.

While Stacey Davenport is an excellent alternative and clearly more qualified to do the job, the truth is that even a starry-eyed fresh law school graduate neophyte would likely prove be as (in)competent as Miles. You don't build an office on unproven ideology and whims of the latest "feel good" underdogism; you build it representing the best interests of *all* the citizens residing your district. In that regard, Miles has already failed.

Show up and vote, people. Do not re-elect this guy.

A.B. Seay more than 3 years ago

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