Violent crime across California has sparked a movement to recall reform-minded district attorneys that many feel are “soft on crime.”
The backstory: There have been recall efforts against progressive district attorneys such as Chesa Boudin and George Gascon, with Boudin being successfully ousted last year.
The big picture: Along with the effort to recall Gascon, an attempt to oust Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price has gained significant traction less than a year into her term.
- Critics of these district attorneys say their policies fuel lawlessness, citing an increase in brazen crimes such as home invasions and burglaries.
- The recall movements in California are fueled by fed-up communities who have seen surging rates of violent and property crime.
- Both Gascon and Price have defended their positions, but community groups argue that their policies create insecurity for residents.
- Price’s recall attempt has until March 2024 to gather enough valid signatures to then put it in the hands of the voters.