“San Franciscans need to trust that there is accountability in the criminal justice system. San Franciscans need to trust that a District Attorney can actually fight the good fight for everyone–not just for the powerful or those who have the means to navigate the system.”
Since hitting the campaign trail, I’ve been talking to voters in living rooms across the City, and one concern keeps coming up everywhere I go: accountability. Whether you’re a student at City College or parent in the Sunset, people want to know that our criminal justice system is holding people accountable when a member of our community is wronged.
But too many San Franciscans, accountability is more than just citing arrest, prosecution or alternative sentencing numbers to show that we’re holding people responsible for their actions. WHO and WHY we hold people accountable is an incredibly important way to live our progressive values–especially if we’re serious about protecting those who most need our help.
For far too long, people in power have gotten away with polluting our neighborhoods, with stealing our wages, and with turning a blind eye to police misconduct. No one, even those who hold positions of power, is above the law. San Franciscans need to trust that there is accountability in the criminal justice system. San Franciscans need to trust that a District Attorney can actually fight the good fight for everyone–not just for the powerful or those who have the means to navigate the system.
San Francisco, you deserve an answer for how we’re going to rebuild this trust in our criminal justice system. Over the next four weeks, I’ll be releasing my plans for how our justice system can work for everyone by:
- Prosecuting corporate fraud and predatory business practices including those that target specific, marginalized communities
- Partnering with local workers’ rights advocacy groups to ensure compliance with prevailing wage ordinances in the City and ensure contractors don’t shortchange families of their wages and benefits
- Collecting and analyzing data on charging decisions, use of prosecutorial discretion, conviction integrity, and other key decision points to understand where disparities are being exacerbated.
- Holding landlords who engage in unlawful evictions or fail to address unsafe housing conditions accountable
- Enforcing our environmental protection laws to hold toxic polluters accountable
Stay tuned. We have lots of great great solutions coming your way.