Today we released a new report, along with the ACLU of California, that examines the policy positions of the District Attorneys in California’s nine largest counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and Sacramento. Each county has more than one million residents and combined they make up about 70 percent of the state’s total population. In the report, we compare local voters’ positions with their elected district attorneys’ public statements on four successful statewide criminal justice reform ballot measures in recent years: Propositions 36, 47, 57 and 64.
These four ballot measures represent a broad range of reforms—from sentencing reform, to parole and juvenile justice reform, to legalization of the adult use of marijuana—which cumulatively have reduced the jail and prison population in California. The findings show that locally elected district attorneys strongly opposed reforms that their constituents supported at the ballot box.
The report was released in conjunction with a new campaign launched by the ACLU of California to increase awareness about the role of the District Attorney. For more information, please visit MeetYourDA.org.