New Los Angeles DA announces end to cash bail, the death penalty and trying children as adults
December 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
In this photo provided by the County of Los Angeles, incoming Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is sworn in as his wife Fabiola Kramsky holds a copy of the Constitution during a mostly-virtual ceremony in downtown Los Angeles Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Gascon, who co-authored a 2014 ballot measure to reduce some nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, has promised more reforms to keep low-level offenders, drug users and those who are mentally ill out of jail and has said he won't seek the death penalty. (Bryan Chan/County of Los Angeles via AP)
Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced sweeping plans for criminal justice reform as he was sworn into office Monday.
(CNN)Newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced sweeping plans for criminal justice reform as he was sworn into office Monday.
As he assumed the head of the largest prosecutor's office in the nation Monday, he said his new agenda for Los Angeles -- which includes ending cash bail for certain minor offenses, the death penalty and the practice of charging juveniles as adults -- will differ from his predecessor's in order to better prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and restore victims.
The union that represents Los Angeles police officers is also in opposition to Gascón's plan to end cash bail, calling the move "disturbing. "
Gascón, a former district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and a former assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said he plans to reopen dozens of fatal officer-involved shooting cases dating as far back as 2012.