As governor, my number one job will be to keep the people of Texas safe.
I believe Texans will be safest when our justice system treats everyone equally under the law—no matter our race, zip code, or background. I believe we’ll be most secure when we fund programs like addiction treatment, housing support, and youth services that prevent crime before it happens and give families the tools to lead good lives and give back to our communities.
And I agree with police chiefs from across the state, who tell me they will be better able to address violent crime when we decriminalize poverty and mental illness. Beyond being inhumane, stockpiling our jails with people experiencing homelessness and addiction jeopardizes public safety every day, leading to harmful court backlogs that make it harder to swiftly investigate and prosecute violent crimes.
To strengthen public safety and guarantee true justice, we must equip more social workers, crisis counselors, and diversion courts to handle challenges like homelessness and substance abuse so that police can focus their time and resources on violent crimes. We must increase funding for forensic services, end Texas’ unacceptable rape kit backlog, and ensure law enforcement agencies have what they need to bring justice to victims. And we must invest in programs that keep our communities healthy and secure, preventing crime before it happens.