Cabell Circuit Judge candidate: Cheryl L. Henderson (D)
HOME CITY: Huntington
HOME COUNTY: Cabell County
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I have practiced law in Huntington for 32 years. My late father, Attorney Herbert H. Henderson was my mentor and guide. I am committed to ensuring that the citizens of Cabell County are fairly represented in our judicial system. I believe that I possess the qualifications that will enable me to be an effective judge in Cabell County. Those attributes would be my integrity (honesty), my temperament (neutral and decisive), my competence (extensive legal knowledge), my experience (civil, family, criminal, administrative, and mediation) and service (committed to public service). I am prepared to serve as Cabell County Circuit Judge.
EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, 1980 - West Virginia University College of Law; Exeter College of Law, Exeter, UK; Bachelor of Arts in English, 1976 - Fisk University; Huntington High School, 1973.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Partner/ Law Firm Henderson, Henderson, & Staples L.C., 1982-Present.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: US Department Of Commerce, Trademark Attorney, 1980-1982.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Junior League of Huntington, Board Member; Ebenezer Outreach Medical Board Member; Huntington Museum of Art, Board Member; Huntington Symphony Orchestra , Board Member; A.D. Lewis Advisory Board; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Center for Independent Living, Board Member; Team for West Virginia; Race Relations Committee for the United Methodist Church; Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Network, Inc.; Mentoring Program Cabell County Juvenile Probation Program; St. Mary's Advisory Board; Huntington Zoning Appeals Board; and Tri-State Airport Authority.
FAMILY: Son, Justin.
1. What would be your approach to using alternative sentencing methods, in light of the state’s crowded jails and prisons?
Currently the United States prison population is 2.2 million. Alternative sentencing methods are certainly the future of America as it relates to overcrowding in the prison system. I would encourage and implement current methods some of which are Drug Court and Day Reporting. I would approach alternative sentencing objectively and open-minded. “Let’s be smart on crime.”
2. Some judges have taken on an initiative to reduce truancy. Are there other initiatives to address problems that you would take on as a judge?
One of my initiatives would be to address the “School-To-Prison Pipeline”. “The School-To-Prison Pipeline” refers to the policies and practices that push our nation’s school children, especially our most at risk children, out of the classroom and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. We must end policies that favor incarceration over education.
3. Do you believe cases move quickly enough through the courts? If not, do you see any steps that can be taken to improve the speed of justice?
Sometimes. Compliance with the court rules would improve the speed of justice. However, judges must realize that speed should not be placed above Constitutional rights such as Due Process and the Presumption of Innocence. It is true that justice delayed is justice denied but we must get it right and sometimes it takes a little more time.
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