On Wednesday we launched Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commissions in 3 of America's largest cities. Today you can hear from the DA's who will be helping to lead the process.
District attorneys are some of the most powerful, and most underrated, government officials in the United States.
They hold an unprecedented amount of power in the criminal justice system. With little to no checks and balances limiting their position, they can make decisions with lasting implications.
A good DA can use this power to drastically reduce their city’s prison population, decriminalize offenses that disproportionately affect disenfranchised groups and invest back in their communities rather than in their prisons.
Meanwhile, a bad DA can use this power to charge large amounts of people for minor infractions in the name of “cracking down on crime,” impose outrageously heavy punishments and refuse to hold law enforcement officers accountable for the crimes they commit.
People are just now starting to understand the grave importance of voting in a good DA and the implications it has for their city.
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun talks with the three compassionate and revolutionary district attorneys that are working with the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission to bring about lasting change in America.