Just over a week into her tenure, AG Bird sat down with Local 5 News to find out what she’s been focusing on at the office.
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Iowa Attorney General Brenner Byrd says she has wasted no time getting to work in her first few days in office.
“On my first day in office, I announced that I was hiring two more prosecutors to build my team. [We] Our focus is on building relationships with law enforcement, helping victims of crime, enforcing the law for criminal prosecutions, and protecting public safety,” Byrd said.
Other priorities include holding President Joe Biden’s administration accountable for a variety of issues, including the “unconstitutional” COVID-19 order and the “illegal” plan to cancel his student loans. included.
Additionally, Bird is proposing legislation aimed at combating certain drug crimes.
“As a prosecutor, I understand the toll illicit drugs have wrought on the state of Iowa and the devastating deaths caused by opioid overdoses and other overdoses.” I am very happy that you have addressed the issue and I look forward to working with her.”
So far, Bird has proposed tougher penalties for drug dealers who supply illegal drugs to people who have died from overdoses. Byrd believes the crime should be classified as a Class B felony, which he believes requires a 25-year sentence.
Another major focus of Mr. Byrd’s tenure is to take a closer look at how states care for victims of crime.
“Serving victims has been one of the most rewarding and favorite parts of my job as a prosecutor,” Byrd said. “And we understand that no one chooses to be a victim of crime. It can happen to anyone. We need to provide services: crime, counseling, all the services someone might need.”
Byrd travels across the state to hear from Iowans about the barriers various communities face in obtaining these resources, and hopes to fill those gaps.