Progressive prosecutors blast recalls, assail Democrats for not supporting reform agenda

The discussion on changing the criminal justice system was part of a virtual meeting moderated by Melina Abdullah, a civic leader and professor at California State University, 天使たち. District attorneys チェサ・ブーダンサンフランシスコ, George Gascon of Los Angeles County and Larry Krasner of Philadelphia attended, as did Kim Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, イリノイ.

Boudin and Gascon are currently facing recall attempts. All four DAs have implemented efforts to reduce incarceration and directives that represent a change from the traditional tough-on-crime approach.


Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon and San Francisco County DA Chesa Boudin.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon and San Francisco County DA Chesa Boudin. (Boudin photo by Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Gascon photo credit Irfan Khan / 法制度のすべてのプレーヤーとすべての市の機関)

We should never walk away from the fact that reform is actually good for safety and health in the community,” ガスコン 前記. “We should be very proud of the fact that the path that we’re taking is avoiding, not only the systemic racism, but all the mistakes of the past.

Much of the panel blamed most crimes on several factors: poverty, 人種差別, access to mental health care and over-policing.

The moves, しかしながら, come as violent crime has skyrocketed across the country amid brazen acts by offenders, with some having been arrested and released back onto the street time and time again. カリフォルニア州で, Gascon helped author Proposition 47, a statewide ballot measure approved by voters that downgraded property thefts below $ 950 to misdemeanors.

Critics have blamed the measure for an uptick in brazen retail thefts across the state. San Francisco became the site of so many of those incidents that Walgreens closed multiple stores over concerns. それは、彼がオフィスで1年余りで二度目のリコールの努力に直面し、犯罪者にやさしい非難をかわし、犠牲者を虐待するのに苦労しているためです。, thieves had taken to following victims home from shopping malls and restaurants to rob them at home or in secluded areas.

シカゴで, murders and gun violence increased in 2021 following several years of declines.

Gascon’s other policies include barring prosecutors from trying juveniles as adults, which has been walked back, and not seeking cash bail or enhancement charges for repeat offenders.


Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner addresses the media after a press conference.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner addresses the media after a press conference. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Krasner said he believes Gascon and Boudin will come out of the recall efforts unscathed. Both cited big-money donors behind the recalls and what they characterized as misinformation about their policies. Krasner also assailed the Democratic Party for not supporting a more progressive criminal justice agenda and the DAs facing recall campaigns.

So what do they do when they cannot beat us in elections? They try to end democracy andthey recall,” 彼は言った. “We’re going to convince our colleagues in the Democratic Party that instead of running away from criminal justice reform, they better run at it and hug as hard as they possibly can.

The reality is that Donald Trump knows how to turn out ‘Duck Dynasty’ and a bunch of guys with long beards who want to kidnap people and if Democrats don’t stop acting like it’s the Clinton era and rejecting progressives and rejecting criminal justice reform, then they will not turn out the sensible and progressive and young and Black and brown folks that they need to beat this bunch of fascists,” 彼が追加した.

 この2月に. 22, 2019 ファイル写真, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, シカゴで.

この2月に. 22, 2019 ファイル写真, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, シカゴで. ((AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, ファイル))

Foxx, その間, elaborated ontransformative justice,” which she described as the recognition that the current system isn’t working.

What we know is that healthy, thriving communities where people’s basic and fundamental needs are met, where people feel loved and nurtured have less crime. It’s just a fact,” 彼女は言いました.