SAN FRANCISCO (CA) — Today Suzy Loftus, candidate for San Francisco District Attorney, released her vision to enact systematic change to juvenile justice policies.  The full policy piece can be found here.

“We have a responsibility to ensure every child  can grow up in a safe and vibrant community where they can reach their full potential. I am grateful for leadership in California and here in San Francisco – especially Governor Newsom, Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors – after years of organizing by community groups and youth advocates we are at turning point to reimagine the juvenile justice system,” said Suzy.

“I believe that San Francisco can continue to inspire California to become the first state in the country to deliver safer communities not by locking children up but by lifting them up. Change of this magnitude will require something from all of us – centering youth voices, supporting survivors, and prioritizing the safety of our community by moving from a place of punitive blame to rehabilitation, healing, and building individual agency.”

If elected as San Francisco District Attorney, Suzy will work to enact the following policy changes:

  • Use the power and discretion of the District Attorney’s Office to ensure that children are treated as children, starting with a commitment to avoid incarcerating children or prosecuting them as adults.
  • Work with juvenile court officials to reimagine sentencing recommendations for children based on the presumption that children should not be incarcerated.  
  • Enhance cooperation between schools and social service systems, promote access to education for foster youth, and ensure the safe placement of foster youth on probation.

Suzy is supported many community leaders, elected officials and justice advocates, including U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor London Breed, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis,  State Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu and State Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen, Former California Democratic Party Chair John Burton, former Supervisors Katy Tang and John Avalos, BART Board President Bevan Dufty, community advocate and BART Board member Lateefah Simon, gun safety advocate Shawn Richards, justice activist Sunny Schwartz, community leader Roma Guy, former chair of the SF Democratic Party Mary Jung, community leaders Darlene Chiu Bryant and Jaynry Mak, community leader David Chan, Democratic activist Petra de Jesus, Frances Hseih, Tami Bryant and many more.

Suzy has also earned the support of the majority of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors including President Norman Yee, Rafael Mandelman, Vallie Brown, Catherine Stefani, Shamann Walton, Ahsha Safai and Gordon Mar.

Since launching her campaign Suzy has held listening sessions throughout the city to talk with residents about reform of our criminal justice system, their unique neighborhood challenges and their ideas for change.  

More information about Suzy’s journey to becoming a prosecutor and reform advocate, as well as her policy platform, is available at www.VoteSuzyLoftus.com.

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