yesterday I attended a Progressive Prosecution Symposium, about the role of prosecutors and specifically District Attorneys in criminal justice reform and reducing mass incarceration.
there were lots of inspiring folks who spoke, but one of the things that resonated most with me was Chesa Boudin, the new SF District Attorney, calling for progressive DAs to shrink the power of the office—don't put social workers in DAs offices, instead fund them elsewhere. 100%.
I was really struck by all of the progressive prosecutor's focus on data (in particular Chesa in SF, Larry Krasner's office in Philly, Rachel Rollins in Boston). all employ PhDs, data scientists.
when there's a backlash against decarceration, people are asked for proof that it's "working"—even though the alternative has never has burden of proof.
Krasner's focus on collection & open data was to "fight with the lights on"—show what works and what doesn't, which we've never actually seen before.
@christa Is there anywhere I can watch this on video or read a transcript?
@pagrus I’m not sure but will check and let you know! they were recording the whole thing, so fingers crossed. I’d like to share with others, too
@christa Awesome, please do
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