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LA DA's race: Jackie Lacey and the future of criminal justice
Governor Jerry Brown made robo calls in support of LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich in the June 5, 2012 primary election to determine who will next head the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, but to no avail. Trutanich, the perceived frontrunner, was eliminated by a third place, 22% finish in the new "top two" run-off system. LA's Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey won 32% and will now face Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, who won 24%, in November's run-off system. The outcome will have a great deal to do with the future of criminal justice, not only in LA, but in California and beyond, because the LA DA's office is the largest in California, possibly the largest in the U.S., and will therefore set an example.
If elected Los Angeles District Attorney in November's run-off, Jackie Lacey would be the first woman, and, the first person of color, to head the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. The LA County jail is already full, so she wants to release nonviolent, non-serious offenders on parole, with counseling and rehabilitation help that costs a fraction of the cost of incarceration.
For more, including the longer conversation with Jackie Lacey, see the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper website: http://sfbayview.com/2012/jackie-lacey-first-black-first-woman-in-run-off-for-la-da-as-california-prisoners-head-home/.