New Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is looking to make radical changes to existing law in L.A., including getting rid of cash bail, declining prosecutions for a number of misdemeanor crimes and banning prosecutors from seeking enhanced prison sentences.
During his swearing-in ceremony, Gascon said, “The dramatic reversals of deeply ingrained, traditional law enforcement strategies in the nation’s largest district attorney’s office, also will include a review of thousands of old cases to determine whether lighter sentences or prisoner releases should be sought.” Gascon promised to bar his prosecutors from seeking the death penalty and will end the practice of trying juveniles as adults.
Gascon was heavily backed by leftist megadonor George Soros in the November election. Soros was the top donor of a Super PAC that supported Gascon, giving $2,250,000 toward the election efforts for the new district attorney.
The former Los Angeles police officer (is this Gascon or Soros talking?) said the reforms “are intended to permanently change the course of California’s criminal justice system and end the era of mass incarceration in L.A. and beyond.”
The Los Angeles police union is not on board with the changes, calling the reforms “disturbing” and potentially “disastrous.”
“As homicides, shooting victims and shots fired into occupied homes soar in Los Angeles, it’s disturbing that Gascon’s first act in office is to explore every avenue possible to release from jail those responsible for this bloodshed,” the L.A. police union’s board of directors said in a statement Monday. “These victims and law-abiding residents lost a voice today while criminals and gang members gained an ally in the prosecutor’s office.”
Among the misdemeanors Gascon has said will be declined for prosecution are trespassing, disturbing the peace, driving without a license, prostitution and resisting arrest.
Looks like L.A.’s marketing organization may just want to start spending its money advertising in prisons around the country. Come to Los Angeles where you can trespass, disturb the peace, drive without a license and engage in prostitution! Bring the family! You can do it all in Los Angeles.