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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Embattled DA Gascon reverses course over controversial zero-bail policy

In an impromptu policy amid an aggressive recall effort, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has dropped an order barring prosecutors from seeking cash bail for defendants charged with nonviolent crimes.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Sharon Wu said in a memo on Thursday, May 13, that the District Attorney’s Office is committed to the rapid development of a well-funded, robust, pre-trial service program that “will protect the public safety and security of the accused.” balances the rights.”

“Despite significant efforts from community justice partners, a comprehensive pre-trial service program has not been fully realized,” the memo said. “After listening to the community, victims, and members of this office, I have decided to allow limited exceptions to the pre-trial release policy while finalizing such a program.”

As a result, prosecutors may request cash bail for defendants charged with misdemeanor, non-grievous felony, or non-violent offenses who have committed crimes while awaiting trial and which pose an extraordinary risk to public safety.

Gascon’s office said in an email Friday, “The district attorney is strongly committed to the core principles that were adopted by the voters of Los Angeles, including eliminating cash bail and maximizing early release within limits of public safety.” goals are included.” “During the past 18 months, we have identified some gaps in our existing pre-trial supervision system that require minor adjustments to the way we pursue those goals.”

The policy change marks an abrupt reversal by Gascon, which, soon after taking office on December 7, 2020, issued a directive to abolish cash bail for all non-violent defendants.

“In the long-term protection of all Los Angeles County residents, by reducing the use of cash bail, reducing unnecessary pre-trial detention, seeking the least restrictive terms of release, and using community-based assistance programs and interventions.” Improvements can be made and the system will be made more fair and equitable,” Gascon wrote in the directive.

The negative consequences of cash bail disproportionately fall on low-income individuals and minorities in Los Angeles County, he said.

Eric Siddle, vice president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, described Gascon’s zero-bail policy as a “continued failure of leadership.”

“It took 18 months for Jorge Gascon to admit that smash-and-grab robberies and revolving-door repelenders took almost 18 minutes for Angelenos to learn their guts—his bail policy didn’t work.” And it made us all vulnerable,” he said in an email on Friday. “His stubborn refusal to curriculum-reform was a failure of merit.

“Thanks to him, many of the arrestees were put back on the streets. Some attacked again, even killed. Gascon knew it was a failure, but refused to admit it or face the numbers. Now he’s worried about another set of numbers: signatures in support of the election and his recall. This change is not about keeping us safe. It’s about keeping your job. ,

Organizers of the recall effort have collected 400,000 of the 566,857 signatures needed by July 6 to put the measure on the ballot.

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