April 20, 2023
Media Relations Division
District Attorney Gascón Outlines Accomplishments in 2023 Midterm Report
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today released his Midterm Report where he highlights his work over the last two years and the accomplishments that have brought the office closer to achieving its mission.
“In the last two years, my office has supported tens of thousands of victims and helped them on their journey to becoming survivors. We held people who caused real harm accountable and we made sure those with power did not evade accountability because of their privilege,” District Attorney Gascón said.
Looking back at the last two years, we are extremely proud of the work highlighted in this report. We also know we have a long way to go toward a system of justice that works for everybody. Change does not happen overnight, but we will continue fighting and remain undeterred in advancing public safety equitably for our communities.”
When District Attorney Gascón took office, he promised to be transparent about the office’s work. Among other things, that vow means sharing this report that describes LADA’s work in four key areas: accountability, victim and survivor support, righting past wrongs and preventing future harm.
Over the last two years, LADA’s Bureau of Victim Services has assisted 34,558 people in need of support and assisted thousands more with securing financial support through state funding. After a nationwide search, District Attorney Gascón hired Tanishia G. Wright as the new Director of Bureau of Victim Services. Ms. Wright has a background in public health and has ushered in a new era of trauma-informed services. We have also increased LADA’s service capacity and hired 16 additional victim services representatives. LADA has 117 Bureau of Victim Services employees and 77 victim service representatives.
It is the District Attorney Office’s responsibility to ensure that law enforcement officers who violate the public trust are held accountable. Over the course of 2021 and 2022, the office filed at least 49 cases against 52 law enforcement personnel, ranging from DUIs to murder. The current administration also has filed more on-duty officer involved shooting cases than under the prior two administrations combined.
District Attorney Gascón also has increased the office’s focus on prosecuting people who prey on workers by securing major victories in wage theft cases.
District Attorney Gascón also established the office’s Resentencing Unit during his first year in office to review eligible cases. Since 2021, 110 people have been resentenced in Los Angeles County and 88 of the 110 people’s resentencing resulted in their release. Of those resentenced none have been convicted of a new offense.
District Attorney Gascón implemented a blanket policy of no longer seeking execution and committed to reviewing all past capital cases from Los Angeles County to determine if reducing each sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) would be in the interest of justice. Since 2021, LADA has resentenced 20 people on California’s death row to LWOP, saving taxpayers million of dollars.
Although prosecutions are progressing at near identical rates for violent crimes as they have for the last decade, we have significantly reduced our prosecution of non-violent, non-serious misdemeanors. In addition, LADA is partnering with public health experts, community partners and law enforcement to push for solutions that address the causes of crime before they spread.
Click here to read the full report.
Click here to read the report in Spanish.