The Fresno County’s Chief Prosecutor wrote a letter to their Los Angeles County counterpart informing them that a number of guidelines he issued when he took office last month are “extreme” and are “the victims of.” Crimes already devastate “.
The letter, dated Monday, January 18, is the most recent George Gascon has sent in the past few weeks in which a prosecutor from another county has refused to grant him jurisdiction in cases where defendants are accused of having committed crimes in his country district.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the last letter.
“Their specific policies are extreme and already do harm to crime victims and ignore their constitutional rights,” wrote Fresno District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp.
“Your lack of concern for victims’ rights and public safety is of great concern to all of us who take pride in protecting these very things,” she said in the letter. “Crime knows no borders, and these specific guidelines will certainly affect areas outside of Los Angeles County.”
Gascon’s policies have also come under fire from families of crime victims and even some of its lawyers.
On December 30, the union representing Los Angeles County attorneys filed a civil lawsuit against Gascon’s policies.
Under his instructions, Gascon has ordered prosecutors not to file penal amendments that extend prison terms if a defendant is convicted of that conviction. The evidence suggests that it “doesn’t necessarily make us safer”.
Meanwhile, two former Los Angeles County district attorneys were among dozen of current and former elected attorneys to signal support for Gascon’s policies last week.
Ira Reiner, Los Angeles County’s district attorney from 1984 to 1992, said policy decisions like Gascon’s guidelines should be made by the district attorney, who is elected by the public.
Black Lives Matter Los Angeles has also endorsed politics, saying Angelenos chose Gascon “because they want a transformative change that will end mass incarceration, the prison industrial complex and a system that wrongly criminalizes, assaults and criminalizes black people punished hard. Indigenous and other people of color. “
Gascon said he had a “public mandate” to reverse the harsh crime policies of the past. He said rehabilitation is undermining, exacerbating racial and other inequalities in our justice system, and decimating families and communities.