Newly elected Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is the architect of Proposition 47 which largely decriminalized theft and drug crimes by reducing those crimes and a number of other “non-violent” felonies to misdemeanors; and Prop. 57, which allows early release for “non-violent offenders,” including rape by intoxication of an unconscious person, human trafficking involving a sex act with minors, arson causing great bodily harm, drive-by shooting, assault with a deadly weapon, and hostage taking.
These are so-called criminal justice reforms according to Gascón.
Billionaire oligarch George Soros funded more than $2.5 million of George Gascón’s race for Los Angeles District Attorney. And that funding guaranteed his win against incumbent DA Jackie Lacey.
Gascón was also endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom who appointed Gascón San Francisco District Attorney, even with no prosecutorial experience. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris was also a supporter.
In a statement on his first day, newly elected and freshly sworn-in District Attorney George Gascón said this:
“The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will advance an effective, ethical and racially equitable system of justice that protects the community, restores victims of crime, and honors the rights of the accused. We are a learning organization that believes in reduced incarceration and punishment except in circumstances in which it is proportional, in the community’s interest, and serves a rehabilitative or restorative purpose.”
Gascón is wasting no time implementing the same processes and procedures which turned San Francisco into a sh*thole city, whose residents and businesses are now fleeing in droves.
Didn’t California voters just reject eliminating cash bail in the November election? Yes. And Gascón says the revolving door in LA County jails is because those convicted criminals need mental health and drug treatment… so letting them out is the answer? They may certainly need mental health and drug treatment, but Gascon doesn’t say how or where this will take place.
He speaks in platitudes, mostly talking about “what-ifs.” The inmates and criminals in LA are jumping for joy.
Aren’t most of LA’s (and the state’s) homeless these very people, who weren’t and still aren’t receiving any drug, alcohol and mental health treatment?
Am I missing something here?
A law enforcement friend jokingly suggested, “you’re missing insanity from your view.”
“How about enhancements? SO, when a woman gets raped at gun point and suffers great bodily injury, current law rightfully gives extra punishment.”
“This is why blanket rules really don’t work…every case is different.”
“Last week, a guy decapitated two of his children…so, what if that murderer was only 17 and did that? You are going to call him a “Kid” and not prosecute him as an adult and let him out at 25?”
In Los Angeles getting into a brawl with a stranger over not wearing a mask, not a crime.
But keeping your restaurant open so people can eat and your employees can earn a paycheck, that’s a crime, against humanity apparently. https://t.co/yPEOSeJHo7
— Senator Melissa Melendez (@senatormelendez) December 8, 2020
Here is everything Gascon said:
“I want to reiterate that we are a learning organization. To facilitate communication and the free exchange of ideas we will be instituting mechanisms so that–in an office as large as ours–our standing and evolution as a learning organization isn’t just dictated by those in leadership, but also by those on the line doing this work.
For those interested, I wanted to offer an optional reading list that I believe provides insight into my approach. It’s not a complete list but the following are books I believe to be particularly helpful and compelling:
- “Charged.” Written by Emily Bazalon. Discusses the role of prosecutors in relation to mass incarceration, and where we go from here.
- “Punishment Without Crime.” Written by Alexandra Natapoff. Highlights ways in which the misdemeanor system perpetuates an unequal justice system.
- “Bleeding Out.” Written by Thomas Abt. Discusses the seriousness of urban violence, what we are able to do about it, and why we must.
- “Just Mercy.” Written by Bryan Stevenson. The most famous book on this list, one that tells the intimate story of a wrongful conviction, and one man’s resolve to fight the case.
- “Bedlam.” By Kenneth Paul Rosenberg. Traces the decline of State Mental Institutions and the disastrous impact on the modern criminal justice system.
Importantly, I have also attached to this email seven special directives that go into effect tomorrow, December 8, 2020. They are as follows:
- SD 20-06: Pretrial Release
- SD 20-07: Misdemeanor Reform
- SD 20-08: Sentence Enhancements/Allegations
- SD 20-09: Youth Justice
- SD 20-10: HABLIT
- SD 20-11: Death Penalty
- SD 20-12: Victim Services
- SD 20-13: Conviction Integrity Unit
- SD 20-14: Resentencing
“These policies are, by any measure, major departures from how this office has approached this work previously. We are, at least in part, in the business of gauging future human risk. It is not an exact science, but the available science, data and research tells us that excessive sentences exacerbate recidivism and claim more victims in the future. I know there is pressure in our profession to seek the maximum sentence possible in order to ensure you will not be blamed if a defendant recidivates in the future. Know that I will never blame you for seeking appropriate alternatives to incarceration, even if an intervention fails.
Finally, I know many of you are wondering what these changes mean for you personally and professionally. You can expect that there will be a change in our organizational structure but that will not happen until some time early next year. In the days ahead we will be sending out a survey to more fully understand our strengths and weaknesses, and to get a sense of your personal interests.”
Once all of the election anomalies are worked out, it will be interesting to see just how many Los Angelinos voted for Gascon.
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