Since taking office in 2020, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has been fulfilling his campaign promises to improve public safety and reform the criminal justice system. As San Francisco’s DA, Boudin is working every day to:
Prevent crimes from occurring by attacking root causes such as mental health struggles, substance abuse and addiction, poverty, homelessness, and the prevalence of illegal guns.
Prosecute those who commit criminal acts, including violent crime, robberies, burglaries, and car break-ins, as well as police misconduct, retail theft, corporations exploiting workers, and hate crimes – and ensure significant consequences for those who repeatedly commit crimes. Under Boudin’s leadership, the D.A’s office has increased its prosecution rates, initiating over 7,000 new cases since he took office in 2020.
Reform the justice system by combatting racist structural injustices; expanding support for crime victims; ending cash bail and the death penalty; establishing an independent innocence commission; no longer punishing kids like adults; reducing mass incarceration to allow increased focus on crime prevention and rehabilitation; and advancing data-driven solutions that promote safety not fear.
Across California, Republicans and their allies are increasingly turning to unwanted, unwarranted, and wasteful recalls - attempting expensive end-runs around the Democratic process after they lose elections. Opponents started trying to recall the DA even before he took office in 2020, and this recall - officially supported by the Republican Party - has already raised and spent more than a million dollars.
Throughout history, and especially now, San Francisco has been at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement - a national shift in the way that we advance public safety and justice. For progressive prosecutors and their allies across the country - and for everyone who supports the reform movement - we cannot allow San Francisco to revert back to the failed, unjust, and wasteful responses of the past. The recall threatens to overturn the values San Franciscans believe in, and the clear choice made by San Francisco voters.