Local attorney Carl S. Cansino has announced his intentions to run for State Court Judge of Baldwin County.
Cansino is the managing partner of Cansino Petty & Stribling, LLP. He is married to Amy Cansino and has four children: Marissa (16), Gabriela (15); Sophia (5); and Bryce (3). He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Cansino, 43, is a former assistant district attorney for Baldwin County and presently serves as the Municipal Court Prosecutor for the City of Milledgeville.
“My experience as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and civil litigator over the last 16 years in Baldwin County has prepared me to be the Judge of the State Court,” he said of his intentions to seek the office.
The State Court of Baldwin County handles misdemeanor traffic offenses, violations of county ordinances, and other misdemeanor criminal offenses. In addition, the Baldwin County State Court also handles civil cases.
“The citizens of Baldwin County deserve a State Court that runs with the utmost efficiency, while recognizing its place in the administration of justice. An efficient court, includes adherence to the US and Georgia Constitution; faithful and accurate application and interpretation of statutes and case law; and quick and fair resolution of all the cases brought before the court.”
The State Court of Baldwin County processes more than 5,000 cases annually both civil and criminal.
“While the court is one of the oldest institutions in our Country, it cannot remain complacent and antiquated. The Court should utilize time and money saving technology by using electronic notification and e-filing of court papers where applicable.”
Cansino is also aware of the problems that exist with overcrowding at the Baldwin County Jail.
“In light of the county’s overall economic strain, it makes perfect sense to reserve incarceration for the most serious, violent and repeat offenders. It costs the county $25 each day to house a healthy inmate. The costs of housing goes upward from there for inmates with medical or mental health issues. An overwhelming amount of the inmates that are being housed in the Baldwin County Jail are there for a misdemeanor offense. A great majority of these inmates have substance abuse problems and mental health issues. If elected I would like to implement the use of collaborative courts like dui, mental health, and drug courts to prevent defendants from re-offending.”
He said community-based treatment with graduated punishments for violation would present a greater likelihood of success. In addition, there are also many other forms of monitoring that are preferable to confinement. Where applicable, these can include home confinement and gps monitoring, according to Cansino.
“In the next few months, before the primary on May 20, I want to attempt to reach as many citizens as possible to discuss my qualification and to listen to suggestions for a new and improved State Court.”
Qualifying will be held in March.