George Gascón is often referred to as the “Godfather of progressive prosecutors.” While serving as San Francisco’s District Attorney, he won the support of several liberal financiers, including mega-donor George Soros and several deep-pocketed philanthropists from the Bay Area. Now, they are backing his current campaign to take over the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office in Los Angeles County, home to more than 10 million people. Gascón claims that his strategy strives to find the proper balance between reducing violent crime and increasing public safety “without overincarcerating.” He has promised not to prosecute some offenses to the fullest extent allowed if elected on November 3, but Gascón’s critics equate that vow to a refusal to enforce laws mandated by both constitutional and statutory authority.
The countywide election, featuring two Democrats, is a priority for the national anti-incarceration movement, given that the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department operates the largest jail system in the United States.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors