Today we released a new report, along with the ACLU of California, that examines the policy positions of the District Attorneys in California’s nine largest counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and Sacramento. Each county has more than one million residents and combined they make up about 70 percent of the state’s total population. In the report, we compare local voters’ positions with their elected district attorneys’ public statements on four successful statewide criminal justice reform ballot measures in recent years: Propositions 36, 47, 57 and 64.

These four ballot measures represent a broad range of reforms—from sentencing reform, to parole and juvenile justice reform, to legalization of the adult use of marijuana—which cumulatively have reduced the jail and prison population in California. The findings show that locally elected district attorneys strongly opposed reforms that their constituents supported at the ballot box.

The report was released in conjunction with a new campaign launched by the ACLU of California to increase awareness about the role of the District Attorney. For more information, please visit


  1. The Fair Punishment Project’s survey is indicative that the People’s Fair Sentencing and Public Safety Act of 2018 is the next big thing, and will be passed by California voter’s.

  2. My son was wrongfully convicted and illegally sentenced for 2nd Degree Murder in 2003. What we have learned through this nightmare is how easy it is for them to imprison us and how hard it is to get Justice. Recently the 1st District Court of Appeals directed the Judge who sentenced my son and the District Attorney (here in Alameda County) to hold a hearing. The reason being that he was illegally sentenced yet the Judge and District Attorney O’Malley’s Office have taken no action. In fact they wrote on the order, “No Action Taken!” The kicker is that the State Attorney Generals Office will not get involved (according to a directive from 1985). My son has been in prison for 16 years now and we are still fighting for a fair trial. This is Justice here in Liberal California. A lot of these Politicians who are elected under Democratic or Progressive Platforms are actually more in line with Republicans. We need to pick our Political Leaders more carefully because a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is still a Wolf!


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