Gascón has adopted a “get out of jail” approach.
A recall movement to remove a George Soros-funded left-wing prosecutor elected in Los Angeles County in November is already gaining steam, with crime victims and their families drawing attention to George Gascón’s soft-on-crime policies.
Gascón announced after his election that he intends to end the use of cash bail in misdemeanor and most felony offenses, a move that his critics are slamming as a “get-out-of-jail-free” card to violent criminals. Gascón is also advancing a plan to close Los Angeles County’s Men’s Central Jail, destroying the county’s capacity to detain those charged with criminal offenses even as violent crime increases and the murder rate of the county has risen 25% in 2020.
“He’s running a social experiment that is dangerous for all of us because his whole goal is to release all these criminals out there in the street, and somehow they’re magically going to behave. And that simply isn’t going to happen,” said attorney Samuel Dordulian, who is representing a group of crime victim’s families. Former Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has emerged as a critic of Gascón, and even some subordinate prosecutors have been reprimanded for noting in court filings that they disagree with Gascón’s left-wing use of prosecutorial discretion.
Gascón has also pledged to stop seeking sentences for repeat felony offenders mandated under California’s “Three Strikes” law. A third felony conviction in the state currently earns criminals a sentence of 25 years to life. The Democrat prosecutor is also pledging wide-ranging criminal amnesty to illegal immigrants, specifying that he intends to avoid prosecuting illegals in circumstances where their conviction would lead to the deportation. Such prosecutorial discretion essentially provides aliens with greater legal privileges that US citizens.
A Facebook group advocating for Gascón’s recall has already attracted almost 25,000 members. Sensing public pressure and criticism of left-wing criminal justice overhauls, Gascón reversed a plan to prevent subordinate prosecutors from filing gang sentencing enhancements against felony convicts on Wednesday.
Southern California is notoriously progressive, but even Los Angelenos have their limits.