About Steve Deaton

Steve served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in rural Paraguay. He worked in
community development, taught school and coached track and field. He continues to work with the Latino
community in Charlottesville, volunteering his time to assist indigent Hispanics. He is also involved in other community activities, such as the Charlottesville Track Club and is active with the Belmont-Carlton
Neighborhood Association.

Steve was an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Charlottesville for 8 years and Commonwealth’s Attorney for 4 years more. During his time in the office he broke down racial barriers and hired the first African Americans ever to work in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. He established the Victim Witness Program which assists victims and witnesses of crime. Additionally, by creating a unique partnership with Albemarle County and the UVA Law School, he implemented the Domestic Violence Project.

As a student in the doctoral program in Criminology at Florida State University Steve gained an academic perspective on crime and punishment. He had the enriching experience of teaching undergraduate students as he finished all the course work for a PhD. This experience in academia allowed Steve to take a step back and observe the court system from the outside. It also taught him the value of social science research in the field of criminal justice. Crime Prevention should be a major part of the prosecutor’s job. Much can be accomplished by way of education and Steve proposes a partnership with UVA, PVCC and local schools in the prevention of violence, especially gender violence. If we can prevent one crime we save the state the cost of prosecution and incarceration, we help a young person avoid a ciminal record and, most importantly, there is one less victim.

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