Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams recently announced that he will seek his fifth term as District Attorney of Berks County.
“I am grateful to the citizens of Berks County for placing their trust in me to serve as their chief local prosecutor and top law enforcement official,” said District Attorney Adams.
“When I first ran for office, people all over the county told me that they wanted a hardworking district attorney who focused on the needs of Berks Countians not a politician. As DA, I have attempted to do just that by being a diligent and effective public servant.”
“I look forward to continuing my work with our law enforcement partners to combat crime in Berks County,” added Adams. “We will continue to work as a team with local, state and Federal officials to get dangerous criminals off our streets. We will continue to hold people accountable for committing crimes in our community.”
District Attorney Adam understands that there are complex reasons that lead individuals to commit crimes, including addiction issues, which cannot be solved simply by locking away more people in jail. That is why he is committed to working with agencies, community-based organizations, and other officials to find creative and proven methods to tackle some of the root causes of crime and implement early intervention strategies to redirect behaviors that can lead to bad future outcomes, especially among our youth.
“I will continue to work to find solutions for those people who have been affected by the opioid and mental health crises,” noted District Attorney Adams. “Our treatment court programs, including drug treatment court, mental health court, and veterans’ court, serve to help people rather than just putting those individuals in jail. As a result, our prison population has decreased significantly under my leadership, saving taxpayers thousands upon thousands of dollars.”
“We cannot arrest our way out of these problems so we need to have an open mind and look for alternatives to incarceration for some offenders while recognizing that violent offenders need to face significant penalties for committing violent crimes in our community.”
District Attorney Adam and his team have formed strong partnerships community organizations and agencies across Berks County, including Olivet Boys and Girls clubs, YMCA, BCIU, COCA, Crime Alert Berks County, and Kutztown Strong, among many other community partners.
District Attorney Adam is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and serves on their Executive Committee. He was the President of this statewide organization in 2018.
District Attorney Adams is also a member of the advisory board of Crime Alert Berks County, a member of the corporate board of the YMCA, a member of Local 71 of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a member of the Berks County Chief of Police Association. He also was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
District Attorney Adams began his career in Law Enforcement as a Probation and Parole Officer. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney and a Criminal Defense Attorney while in private practice. He has been recognized by many organizations for his leadership in the Criminal Justice field.
In December 2008 District Attorney Adam was recognized by FOP Lodge 71 for his continued dedication and support of Law Enforcement throughout Berks County. In 2010, and again in 2019, District Attorney Adams was given the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award by Crime Alert Berks County.
In 2012, the Berks County Chiefs of Police Association presented the President’s Award to DA Adams for his foresight, leadership and assistance on cooperation and maintaining a unified Law Enforcement front in ferreting out crime in Berks County.
District Attorney Adams has supported many of our community organizations with funding from drug forfeiture funds. He has contributed over $500,000 to the YMCA, Olivet Boys and Girls Club, Reading Public Library, Schuylkill River Greenway Association, and Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), to provide security equipment and supporting their efforts to assist people in the community.
“I have assembled a great team in the District Attorney’s Office of Berks County and we are committed to our mission to make Berks County a safer place in which to live, work and raise a family,” concluded District Attorney Adams. “I am anxious to continue our work to accomplish this goal by serving as District Attorney of Berks County”