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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Daniel Arkell newest contender for County Attorney

  •      Daniel Arkell, of Daniel J. Arkell Law Office, will vie for the position of county attorney during the upcoming election Aug. 7. Arkell is running against incumbent Terry Malone and new candidate Natalie Randall.


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  •      Daniel Arkell, of Daniel J. Arkell Law Office, will vie for the position of county attorney during the upcoming election Aug. 7. Arkell is running against incumbent Terry Malone and new candidate Natalie Randall.
         Arkell has not previously held any offices, but has “worked in all areas of criminal defense in Dodge City.”
         “I am uniquely qualified to run because I have experience working on the whole gamut of cases that the county attorney office handles,” he said.
         Arkell hopes to use the “broken windows” approach if elected, an approach that in his opinion would lead to a decrease in Ford County crime.
         “Cities that focus on small crimes like broken windows and graffiti have seen a large drop in crime,” he said. “This has held true for cities like New York City and Los Angeles, but this approach isn't taken as much in Ford County.”
         Arkell has personally experienced small crimes during his six years in Dodge City and feels they are overlooked by law enforcement. He said these crimes aren't addressed, not because of a lack of effort on the part of the police department, but as the result of an overload of cases.
         “I think they constantly have a flood of little things happenings and get overwhelmed,” Arkell said.
    He hopes to focus more efforts on ensuring that the consequences of seemingly small cases not only discourage recidivism, but also encourage rehabilitation.
         This applies especially to juvenile cases in the county.
         “We need to come up with the most creative enticements and punishments to make sure they know they should not re-offend but they should also be given enticements to better their lives,” Arkell explained.
         He hopes to continue the progress made by the gang and drug taskforce, reinstate diversion fees and the diversion fund and encourage the speeding ticket fast track system. As for changes in the county attorney office, Arkell wants more training for assistant county attorneys and more visibility on the part of the county attorney.
         Arkell received a J.D. from Washburn University in Topeka and his LL.M. from the University of Miami.
     
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