Jessica Cooper

  Oakland County

Question 1

Why are you running for prosecuting attorney in your county? What do you want to accomplish as prosecuting attorney?

No Response

Question 2

Do you believe that prosecutorial practices have been responsible for racial disparities in the criminal legal system?

No Response
Please explain.
Jessica Cooper did not respond to our candidate survey. At a candidate forum on June 4, 2020 Jessica Cooper was asked this question and she replied:

"We never see anything that has to do with that type of racial disparity...if there is a disparity with defendants, then most times there is a disparity with the victims."

To hear her full response, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ocdp.mi/videos/2791029524336107/

Question 3

Do you pledge to take steps to eliminate racial disparities caused by prosecutor conduct in filing charges, plea bargaining and sentencing?

No Response
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Question 4

Where there are longstanding patterns of significant racial disparities in arrest rates for low-level offenses, will you work with local police departments to eliminate those disparities and decline to file charges for those low-level offenses where a department is unable or unwilling to address them proactively?

No Response
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Question 5

Do you believe prosecutor practices can impact the problem of mass incarceration?

No Response
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Question 6

Do you pledge to implement practices that will reduce the jail population and reduce state prison commitments by a specific percentage by the end of your first term?

No Response
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Question 7

Will you support marijuana expungement applications for amounts that are now legal, and support statewide legislation that creates automatic and retroactive expungement of marijuana charges?

No Response
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Question 8

Do you pledge to stop using prior felony convictions to automatically enhance sentences?

No Response
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Question 9

Will you invest in alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness, people with substance use disorder, indigent defendants, and veterans?

No Response
Please explain.
Jessica Cooper did not respond to our candidate survey. At a candidate forum on June 4, 2020 Jessica Cooper was asked this question and she replied:

"The more interesting thing about these therapeutic courts is that Oakland county was not certified by the Supreme Court until 2018...because of the pandemic we don't know what we'll be able to pursue."

To hear her full response, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ocdp.mi/videos/2791029524336107/

Question 10

Do you commit to expanding diversion courts including those that address substance use disorder, mental health, juveniles, first offenders, and veterans? Are there specific diversion programs you plan to join or create?

No Response
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Question 11

Do you pledge to adopt policies within the jurisdiction of prosecutors from the Michigan Task Force on Jails and Pretrial Incarceration?

No Response
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Question 12

Will you stop recommending that judges set cash bail, and instead recommend the use of other proven tools to ensure compliance with the system?

No Response
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Question 13

Do you pledge to preserve the speedy trial rights of defendants post-arrest, and dismiss cases that are delayed longer than 18 months?

No Response
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Question 14

Will you pledge to not prosecute people under 18 as adults and eliminate the use of juvenile waivers into adult courts?

No Response
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Question 15

Do you commit to expedite re-sentencing hearings for juveniles sentenced to life without parole, taking into account the Miller factors?

No Response
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Question 16

Will you decline to seek life without the possibility of parole, including for any person under 18 at the time of the offense?

No Response
Please explain.
Jessica Cooper did not respond to our candidate survey. In an article dated August 26, 2016, Jessica Cooper is quoted as saying:

“We are talking about victims who were stabbed, drowned, bludgeoned and decapitated,” Cooper said. “We are not talking about people who took Dad's car and drove over somebody's lawn. Many of these crimes were totally random. They walked up to a car and decided to shoot in it. On and on and on and on. We are really talking about awful cases.”

To view the full article, visit: https://www.mlive.com/politics/2016/08/michigan_prosecutors_defying_u.html

Question 17

Will you create a community advisory board that meets monthly and represents impacted communities including immigrant communities, formerly incarcerated communities, communities of color, and the LGBTQ+ community within the first 100 days of your term to determine the priorities of your office?

No Response
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Question 18

Do you commit to holding quarterly meetings, which are open to the public, to discuss community concerns?

No Response
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Question 19

Do you pledge to collect and post online quarterly statistical information disaggregated by race and gender on all key stages of prosecutorial decision making? For example, felony and misdemeanor charging decisions, bail decisions, declinations to charge, diversion program placements, and convictions.

No Response
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Question 20

Will you create a Conviction Integrity Unit that reviews innocence claims, due process violations, corrupt law enforcement practices, and excessive sentences?

No Response
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Question 21

Will you publish all office policies and protocols online?

No Response
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Question 22

Will your office hold police accountable by maintaining a list of officers who are engaged in patterns of misconduct, including racial bias, excessive force, or dishonesty, and make the list available to defense counsel and decline to call those officers as witnesses in any criminal prosecutions?

No Response
Please explain.
No Response

Question 23

Will your office appoint an independent investigator in all cases of police-involved shootings and make the investigation findings transparent when deciding whether to charge the officer with a crime?

yes
Please explain.
Jessica Cooper did not respond to our candidate survey. At a candidate forum on June 4, 2020 Jessica Cooper was asked this question and she replied:

"This would be the codification of something that has been going on for a very long time...when we're talking about all of this what we want to do is get rid of conflict, so we automatically go to the Attorney General's office."

To hear her full response, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ocdp.mi/videos/2791029524336107/

Question 24

Do you pledge to adopt written policy and training encouraging staff to consider the unintended immigration-related consequences of prosecutorial decisions at all stages of a case?

No Response
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Question 25

Will you create a streamlined post-conviction procedure for non-citizens to limit immigration related consequences of a prior conviction, including access to pre-plea diversion programs?

No Response
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No Response