She’s scrubbing that woke smell out of the San Francisco DA’s office.
Newly appointed San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fired 15 staffers from predecessor Chesa Boudin’s office on Friday; Jennings says she had to make “difficult but important changes” to the team.
“Today, I made difficult but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms,” Jenkins said to SFGATE.com.
According to SFGATE.com, “Managing Attorney Arcelia Hurtado was the first member of the office to lose her job. She had served as the DA Office’s representative on the city’s Innocence Commission, which investigates potential wrongful convictions in the city. The commission was established by Boudin in 2020, and Jenkins signaled support for allowing it to continue in a KQED interview on Thursday.”
“The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” said University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission. “Arcelia was critical to the commission’s function. It is also concerning because Arcelia was the head of the DA’s post-conviction review unit, which, among other things, is currently considering the petition by Mayor London Breed’s brother Napoleon Brown to be granted leniency and released from prison following his conviction for carjacking and manslaughter. I can see no legitimate reason for firing an attorney as rigorous, competent and ethical as Arcelia.”
But during her swearing in ceremony earlier this month, Jenkins tipped her hand that these kinds of sweeping changes would be coming, and that “we have to draw a line.”
“[T]he truth is we have to draw a line with people who choose hate, violence, and a life of crime,” Jenkins said. “I want to make clear: holding offenders accountable does not preclude us from moving forward with vital and important reforms to our criminal justice system.”
From The Daily Wire:
Under Boudin’s rule, the former DA eliminated cash bail for suspects, directed his department to refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and prosecuted fewer shoplifters. Homicides and property crimes including burglaries and car thefts have spiked over the past two years, and Boudin’s handling of suspected fentanyl dealers drew criticism.
Although Boudin, who gained support from left-wing billionaire George Soros, admitted he made mistakes, Boudin blamed his recall on right-wing billionaires.
Jenkins serves as San Francisco’s District Attorney until November when she faces a special election that determines who completes Boudin’s term.
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