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Melba Pearson

Melba is running for State Attorney to implement commonsense policies that result in less crime, safer communities, and fewer incarcerated people.

About Melba

Committed to real reforms that reduce racial disparities and safely lower incarceration rates.

Melba Pearson is an attorney and criminal justice reform advocate running to be the next State Attorney for Miami-Dade County. Melba is committed to reforms that end racial disparities within the criminal justice system and safely reduce Miami-Dade’s jail population. Melba would ensure the State Attorney’s Office put new resources and more attention towards bringing justice to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Melba would fight against the criminalization of poverty by ending cash bond requirements for most non-violent offenders.

Melba is a first-generation American who was born in New Rochelle, New York and raised by her Jamaican father and Trinidadian mother. She has lived in Miami-Dade for 22 years, serving our community through public service and advocacy most of her adult life.

At a young age, Melba’s parents impressed upon her that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many other activists had great lawyers. That’s what got them out of jail and allowed them to challenge so many laws. Melba always knew that she wanted to grow up to be one of those lawyers who fought for justice and change.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from New York University, Melba graduated from the Hofstra School of Law. She wanted to ensure that everyone – no matter their race, gender, age, religion, sexuality, disability, wealth, or geography – received equal justice under the law.

Melba moved to Miami in 1997 to work under State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Melba served as an Assistant State Attorney for over 15 years, where she worked as a line attorney in the misdemeanor Domestic Violence Division, a community prosecutor, and a prosecutor in the Felony Domestic Crimes Unit. Melba ended her tenure as assistant chief of the Career Criminal/Robbery Unit, where she supervised junior attorneys and prosecuted homicide cases. Melba gained intimate knowledge about how the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s works – and sometimes doesn’t work.

As a prosecutor, Melba always sought fair sentences and worked to prioritize rehabilitation. Melba became frustrated in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and with her boss, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, because of the lack of support for commonsense reforms. Melba began to look for ways that she could advocate for change outside of the system.

In 2017, Melba left the State Attorney’s office to join the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida as Deputy Director. She worked to change police practices, expand voting rights, and reform the criminal justice system. Melba was among the senior leadership team that passed the historic Voting Restoration Amendment, so Floridians with past felonies could vote. Whether working with legislators in Tallahassee or police chiefs in Miami-Dade, Melba’s work at the ACLU of Florida always focused on ending mass incarceration in Florida.

Melba is the immediate past president of the National Black Prosecutors Association and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association in South Florida. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Prosecution Function Committee of the American Bar Association.

During the nearly three decades of Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s time as State Attorney, Miami-Dade has suffered a grossly unequal application of justice. From 2010 to 2015, Black Miamians were 230% more likely to be jailed before being found guilty of any crime and over 250% more likely to be convicted of a crime when compared to white Miamians. Another example is the extreme disparities among the kids that State Attorney Rundle chooses to charge as adults. State Attorney Rundle sent 134 juveniles accused of non-violent crimes to adult court between 2014 and 2019, and 129 or 96% were girls and boys of color. Melba will fight to end racial disparities that have disproportionately hurt Miami-Dade’s Black and brown communities.

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been in office for 26 years – and it shows! Her office still employs Reagan-era policies from the 1980s that we now know fuel mass incarceration and create massive racial disparities. Our community deserves a State Attorney who implements real reforms that reduce crime while safely reducing the incarcerated population.

Join Melba in this fight for a new era of accountability and equal justice in Miami-Dade County.

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