FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

LONGTIME OPPONENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, JACKIE LACEY, SUDDENLY ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO PROPOSITION 20


Proposition 20 Would Roll Back Portions of Realignment and Landmark Reform Measures, Propositions 47 and 57

Los Angeles – Today, George Gasc贸n released the following statement following Jackie Lacey’s uncharacteristic opposition of Proposition 20 during an event last week.聽Jackie Lacey has made a career of rejecting commonsense criminal justice reforms鈥搃ncluding all聽three that Proposition 20 seeks to roll back鈥搈aking the motivations for her sudden change of heart in the waning days of an election highly suspect. In response to her flip flopping on reform, Gasc贸n released the following statement:

鈥淭his is the DA that called realignment ‘a terrible mistake,’ who opposed Propositions 47, 57, 64, and that supports the death penalty.聽 She prosecutes kids as adults and can’t bring herself to hold law enforcement accountable.聽 She must have whiplash from changing her position so quickly.聽 The bottom line is that there’s a tidal wave of reform coming, and no matter how creatively she attempts to reinvent her record at the 11th hour Jackie Lacey is not getting a life raft. She has been one of California’s greatest impediments to criminal justice reform.”

An聽analysis by the聽Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice聽found that聽Proposition 20,聽would drive up prison and jail populations, increase public spending on law enforcement and incarceration by hundreds of millions of dollars a year, in addition to diverting resources from programs that rehabilitate former offenders, and generally hurt communities of color.聽聽Maureen Washburn, a policy analyst at CJCJ, noted in an interview to KQED that, “crime has continued to fall in California as reforms took place over the past decade 鈥 and any reversal of those changes would disproportionately impact communities of color in California, who are incarcerated at higher rates than whites.”

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George Gasc贸n聽is the Democratic Party’s nominee. He is endorsed by the LA Times, the LA Daily News, U.S. Senators聽Bernie聽Sanders,聽Kamala聽Harris,聽Elizabeth聽Warren, Governor Gavin Newsom, Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors, former Chief of the LAPD Charlie Beck,聽and聽many more.

Mr. Gasc贸n grew up in Los Angeles after his family immigrated from Cuba. An army veteran, Gasc贸n served as a Los Angeles Police Department Officer聽for聽30 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2006 he became Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona, where he stood up to the hateful and anti-immigrant policies of then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Gasc贸n Chief of Police. Newsom turned to Gasc贸n again in 2011 when he tapped him to be District Attorney to fill the seat vacated by an outgoing Kamala Harris who had been elected Attorney General. During his tenure Gasc贸n implemented reforms that are being duplicated across the country while overseeing violent crime and homicides drop to rates not seen in 50 years. After being elected to two terms, Gasc贸n returned to Los Angeles to care聽for聽his elderly mother and to be closer to his two daughters and grandchildren in Long Beach. Gasc贸n is married to聽Fabiola聽Kramsky, a three-time Emmy Award winning journalist and recipient of the 鈥淧remio Nacional de Periodismo,鈥 the highest recognition given to journalists in Mexico.