Introducing C.A. Difference


Commonwealth’s Attorneys — or “C.A.’s” for short — are the elected chief prosecutors in every county, city and town in Virginia. They are the most powerful individuals in the criminal justice system, shaping justice policy, deciding who gets charged with a crime and which crimes to enforce, and even exerting a powerful influence in the legislature.

 C.A. Difference is a campaign to raise public awareness of the critical and powerful role elected prosecutors play in shaping Virginia’s justice system. Simply put, C.A.’s can make a big difference.

In 2019, voters in at least six jurisdictions have a chance to decide whether their local prosecutors fairly represent their beliefs and values. That’s why we started this initiative — to bring their work out of the shadows so that Virginia can “C.A.” Difference in 2019.

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