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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for District Attorney

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Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County District Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting everyone’s rights and enhancing neighborhood safety. It's absolutely critical for all victims’ human rights to be protected, including civil rights, consumer rights, worker rights, immigrant rights, women's rights, and senior rights.
  • Enacting critical reforms to better address people with mental illnesses.
  • Enhancing efforts to combat environmental crimes and hold violators accountable.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Los Angeles County District Attorney
District Attorney of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office — Elected position (2012–current)
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (2011–2012)
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (1986–2011)

Education

Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California JD, Law (1982)
University of California- Irvine BA, Psychology (1979)

Biography

Jackie Lacey is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850. 

 

District Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as the 42nd District Attorney. She was re-elected four years later without opposition. 

 

Lacey’s top priority is keeping the people of Los Angeles County safe. As D.A., she's pioneered groundbreaking mental health efforts, diverting those with mental illness out of our jails and into the mental health system, fought human sex trafficking to protect women and children, safeguarded seniors from financial elder abuse, pushed to ban private prisons and reform our cash bail system, cracked down fraudsters who prey on immigrants as well as polluters who harm our environment, and threaten our health and our livelihood. 

 

District Attorney Lacey established the Conviction Review Unit to assess claims of actual innocence based on newly discovered evidence. She also appointed the office’s first Professional Responsibility Advisor. 

 

As chair of the Criminal Justice Mental Health Project for Los Angeles County, District Attorney Lacey leads a multidisciplinary working group devoted to diverting people who are mentally ill out of the criminal justice system for nonviolent offenses. 

 

She initiated an ambitious plan within her office to provide free training to first responders on how to safely de-escalate incidents involving people in a mental health crisis. 


A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, she leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation, with a workforce of approximately 1,000 lawyers, 300 investigators and 800 support staff employees.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (22)

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • Laborers Local 300
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675
  • Ironworkers Local 433
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association Advocacy
  • Crime Survivors PAC
  • Central City Association (CCA) of Los Angeles
  • Association of Probation Supervisors of Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA)
  • Los Angeles County Firefighters, IAFF Local 1014
  • United Firefighters Of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) Local 112
  • Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council
  • Los Angeles Sentinel
  • National Women’s Political Caucuses of Los Angeles County
  • Women's Political Committee (WPC) Los Angeles
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL)
  • California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA)
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

Elected Officials (55)

  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
  • U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
  • Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed
  • Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster (Ret.)
  • Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews
  • Long Beach City Councilmember Stacy Mungo
  • Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga
  • Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin
  • Long Beach City Councilmember Lena Gonzalez
  • Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California State Assemblymember Betsy Butler (Ret.)
  • California State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
  • California State Assemblymember Chris Holden
  • California State Senator Henry Stern
  • California State Senator and California Legislative Women's Caucus Chair Connie Leyva
  • California State Senator Ben Allen
  • California State Senator Steven Bradford
  • California State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • California State Senator Jim Beall
  • California State Senator Bob Archuleta
  • California State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • California State Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
  • California State Assemblymember Blanca Rubio
  • California State Assemblymember Mike Gipson
  • California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
  • California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  • California State Assemblymember Christy Smith
  • California State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
  • Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • U.S. Congresswoman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke (Ret.)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (2)

What strategies would you use to address the racial bias in indictments, trials, and sentencing in order to make the system more fair and equitable?
Answer from Jackie Lacey:

Understanding firsthand the urgent need to ensure employees at the District Attorney's Office better serve LA County’s diverse population, I ensured that the DA’s Office became the first department in Los Angeles County to provide implicit bias training to employees. The training provides the tools for prosecutors to look inward and evaluate their biases and how they may affect the decisions they make, which directly impact people’s liberty. I also created a staff position to advise, teach, and advance a better practice of ethics and professional conduct throughout the office.

 

Furthermore, I worked to modernize the DA’s website, including publishing documents and information on law enforcement use of force cases. I also created a conviction review unit to review cases in which a claim has been made that the wrong person was punished for a serious crime.  The LA County’s DA office is one of only six offices in the state that has such a unit.

What are the responsibilities of the District Attorney? How do you view the role--to win cases or to pursue justice for all?
Answer from Jackie Lacey:

As the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation, it is important that we set the gold standard in protecting victims. We need to pursue justice for all. My top priority is going after those who target Los Angeles’s most vulnerable people.  As your District Attorney, I have increased fraud alerts and education for seniors, going after counterfeit drugs and Medicare rip-offs. I also created a special unit dedicated to prosecuting those who prey on immigrants. I have also aggressively prosectued sex traffickers who exploit young women and children. I established a task force that has greatly increased the number of criminal filings against pimps, and increased protection and services for their victims.

 

We also need to drastically alter the way we treat those suffering with mental illness. We need to significantly change the way in which we teach public safety officers to respond to incidents of mental health crisis. The DA’s Office now trains hundreds of patrol officers and dispatchers in de-escalation tactics for people undergoing a mental health crisis, and is increasing the number of deputies in collaborative courts to divert those who have mental illness, substance abuse, and or post-traumatic stress disorder. This training program, which is attempting to destigmatize mental illness and change the culture of policing, was recognized by the National Association of Counties in 2017.

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