“There's a real statewide push to put the burden of dealing with juvenile delinquents solely on the counties, and my job being the section chief statewide for all the juvenile correctional facilities has given me a perspective and an insight on different ways that I can implement programs to help youth who are on the path to end up in TJJD or TDCJ,” she said.
“I would implement different programs hopefully with the cooperation of the juvenile probation office with [Chief Juvenile Probation Ofﬁcer] Emily Lane that would redirect the youth juveniles.”
Mitchell, who earned her bachelor's in history from Tulane University in New Orleans before pursuing a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, said she couldn't get home fast enough. In 2001, she went to work for the district attorney's office in Anderson County.
“I love the community. I was born and raised here. And I've been thankful to be able to come back and be around the people I grew up with and know and love.”
Mitchell said she believes her experience as supervisor — through which she has overseen attorneys, paralegals and investigators — has afforded her the skills necessary to serve the citizens of Anderson County.
“I know that a lot of the responsibility of the DA is to have supervisory experience,” Mitchell said, adding that she understands the importance of communication and cooperation with “good people that you can trust and delegate to do the job on your behalf.”
“For me, the prosecutor’s office is not an island. It's not a stand-alone agency. It takes all the neighboring agencies working together in order to make things work,” she said.
“I know that I'll be able to do that because I've been doing it for a long time now.”