San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is set to be recalled by voters on Tuesday, a loss for progressives who have backed her criminal justice reform mission.
If Boudin is removed as attorney general in the majority-Democratic city, the mayor of London Breed will appoint an interim prosecutor until voters weigh in again in the November election.
Pudding was elected in 2019 as part of a movement of progressive prosecutors across the country – including Larry Krasner in Philadelphia — pushing back on decades of tough-on-crime policies that have increased mass incarceration and disproportionately criminalized black and Latinx people.
Since taking office, Boudin – a former public defender whose parents spent decades in prison – has delivered on his campaign promises of elimination of cash deposit, hold the police accountable and turn people away from the criminal legal system.
The recall the effort was led by an organization called San Franciscans for Public Safety, which collected more than 50,000 signatures to put the reminder on the ballot. The group claimed crime was on the rise in the city and blamed the progressive DA.
But one Analysis of the San Francisco Chronicle found that violent crime in San Francisco actually declined during the pandemic. While murders and shootings have increased in recent years, this is following trends in major US cities. Most property crime is also trending back to pre-pandemic levels.
The reminder was funded by wealthy donorsincluding William Oberndorf, a Republican megadonor.
Some of Boudin’s critics pointed to the growth anti-Asian violence more for the past two years in San Francisco, but such hateful attacks have occurred in cities across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boudin’s team criticized the recall effort as a political tool used to overturn a fairly won election. State legislators have pushed to reform the recall system in California, with State Sen. Steve Glazer (D) telling HuffPost last year that voters wanted “a more democratic process” that “prevents the political game.”