FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erika Oliphant is seeking the office of Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney in the 2018 election. On January 10, she filed a declaration of candidacy to be included on the Democratic primary ballot.
Erika Oliphant has been a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Monroe County for over eight years, and during that time she has handled nearly every kind of case ranging from traffic infractions to murder. She has represented the State of Indiana and the people of Monroe County in numerous jury trials and countless other courtroom appearances. For five years, Oliphant served as the prosecutor representative on the Monroe County Drug Treatment Court team, and she has also served on the Veterans Treatment Court and Re-Entry Court Program teams.
“I am an experienced prosecutor committed to community safety, compassionate justice, and constitutional values,” Oliphant states. “I am uniquely situated to provide continuity of service during the office’s transition, as well as to immediately begin to advance new solutions to pressing issues.”
In the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Oliphant acts with integrity and balanced judgment to pursue appropriate criminal charges. In the disposition of cases, she is guided by evidence-based practices that provide the best means to reduce recidivism. Incarceration is reserved for violent crime that poses the most immediate threat to community safety. Alternatives to prosecution and conviction are considered and applied in individual cases, particularly where addiction or mental illness has contributed to the illegal activity. In solving the complicated issues of our community, collaboration with law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, and other community stakeholders is key.
Oliphant believes deeply in the state and federal constitutional protections provided for both victims of crime and defendants accused of commission of crime. Victims are entitled to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect throughout the criminal justice process.
Oliphant received her Juris Doctor from Maurer School of Law in 2009. In law school, Oliphant interned at Middle Way House and Indiana Legal Services, Inc. She was a law clerk in the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office August 2008 to May 2009. Oliphant has taught Criminal Evidence, Criminal Law, and Criminal Investigations at Ivy Tech Community College.
For more information regarding Oliphant’s campaign for Prosecuting Attorney, visit www.ErikaOliphant.com.