Federal prosecutors should be involved in crime prevention before crimes are committed, a young Ronald Machen, told his soon-to-be boss in the 1990s, according to a Washington Post profile of the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia published Monday.
When Machen first interviewed with Eric Holder for a job in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office that Holder then led, Machen said that federal prosecutors spent too much time working and not enough time in the community.
“He had such fully formed ideas,” Holder, now the Attorney General, told the Post of Machen. “He knew that it wasn’t enough to just show up at a crime scene, but to be there to explain what the office was about in non-stressful times. He had a vision then, and now his time has come.”
Machen’s desire for involvement and the variety of cases he has handled has contributed to Machen’s versatility, according to the Post. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who recommended Machen for his current post said, “He has to be able to relate to the community, because you cannot deal with crime in a community if people feel estranged from the U.S. attorney here.”
Read the full profile of Machen here.