WHY I'M RUNNING

As your 14A District Court Judge, Anna Frushour will work hard to make a positive difference in people’s lives and keep our communities safe. She has dedicated her career to public service and is deeply proud of and invested in this community. She believes the future of our court system is in treatment courts, restorative justice ideals and adhering to procedural fairness practices.

“A candidate may not make a pledge or promise during a campaign of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.”

– Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct 7B(1)(c)

What are Treatment Courts?

As one of two public defenders in the city of Ann Arbor, Anna has extensive experience handling cases that appear in a district court. Additionally, her experience working in treatment courts is unmatched and she’s ready to hit the ground running if elected.

Once a person has been convicted of a crime, treatment courts are designed to address the root of the criminal behavior rather than only punishing the behavior. Contrary to what many people think, these courts demand a higher level of accountability than regular probation. They often have strict requirements for drug & alcohol testing, employment, community service, counseling, and appropriate treatment programs.

Anna has worked in the Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, Sobriety Court, Street Outreach Court, and the Specialized Domestic Violence Docket. We’ve seen incredible reductions in recidivism throughout the country and our county. Ann Arbor’s courts have had these specialty courts for several years. They work and it is time to bring them to the rest of the county.

“I live in Pittsfield Township and am raising a family here. I want every community in Washtenaw County to have access to these important programs that are proven to make communities safer, reduce recidivism rates, save taxpayers money and make meaningful positive changes to people’s lives while still demanding a high level of accountability.”

– Anna Frushour

What is Restorative Justice?

The goal of restorative justice is to repair the harms caused by crimes and rebuild community relationships. This is typically done through a mediation-type process with trained members of the community acting as facilitators between the offender and the victim. The focus is on healing the victim and having the offender take responsibility through restitution and community service.

These types of programs give a greater voice to victims, by allowing them an opportunity to communicate with the offender about the real impact the crime has had on them. It also gives the offender the opportunity to repair the harm done by their actions and mend their relationships with the victim and/or the community. Ultimately, accountability with a better understanding of the offender’s actions will result in a reduction in recidivism.

Anna’s extensive experience in problem-solving courts gives her the unique experience of thinking outside of the typical punishment model. As your 14A District Court Judge, Anna Frushour will work hard to make a positive difference in people’s lives and keep our communities safe. She has dedicated her career to public service and is deeply proud of and invested in this community.

“Our criminal justice system is designed to punish, but what if we went beyond that and actually tried to heal those individuals impacted by it? Using restorative justice practices gives victims and offenders the opportunity to go beyond punishment and actually mend relationships in our community. Let’s work together to pull each other up, not hold people down.”

– Anna Frushour

What is Procedural Fairness?

Over 35 years of research shows us that adhering to procedural fairness principals increases both satisfaction with the courts and compliances with court orders.1

One of Anna’s priorities is implementing practices and policies that ensure procedural fairness for everyone who comes through the courtroom — making sure every person feels like they have had the opportunity to be heard, that they were listened to and treated with respect and dignity. It legitimizes the court’s procedures and how people view the outcomes if they feel the process has been fair and they’ve had a real say in the process.

Anna has dedicated her legal career to serving the most vulnerable populations. She completely understands and respects that every person comes with their own unique perspective based on their experience. As your 14A District Court Judge, Anna Frushour will work hard to make a positive difference in people’s lives and keep our communities safe.

“A district court is the community court. It should reflect the values of our community. I want every person to walk out from their court experience feeling like they were heard, they were respected and treated with dignity.”

– Anna Frushour