Porscha is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She has been an attorney since 2015 and has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is now an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Trial Division of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office.
Porscha's mother immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago and her father is from Stockton, California, where he experienced the complications of living in a poor city with heavy amounts of crime. Both her parents enlisted in the US Army for an opportunity to change their future.
As a child of two military veterans, Porscha grew up with a strong sense of responsibility. Now, Porscha is a Black & LGBTQ+ advocate, who is committed to social justice and criminal justice reform. Read More
In Texas, there are three different types of courts: misdemeanor, felony, and appellate courts. Misdemeanor courts, such as Criminal Court Number 3, handle low level offenses that still have jail consequences. For example, a misdemeanor court would handle a DWI (in the 1st and 2nd degree), possession of marijuana, evading arrest, assault family violence, and other similarly categorized offenses.
Porscha has a proven track record for public service with broad ranging experience. Porscha has been a victim of a violent crime and personally understands the fine balance between public safety and the rights of those in the court system. As a Public Defender, she has seen what methods of Criminal Justice reform are successful in real-time. Her goals are to improve the chances of successful returns to court and reduce the rate of recidivism.
As Judge of Criminal Court No. 3, she will be fair, thoughtful, and put the needs of the community first. Even in 2021, there are heavily biased trials and disparities in sentencing along racial, gender, and income level. Porscha believes that in pretrial and sentencing we can push for more comprehensive services that provide for future success such as resources that address mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. Harris County has made tremendous strides in Criminal Justice Reform but we are not done yet. A vote for Porscha is a commitment to innovative, research based, and creative solutions in reducing recidivism, enhancing victim solutions, reducing poor policing habits, and increasing success of the accused.