The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office strives to protect public safety in San Francisco by using innovative, evidence-based approaches to address the root causes of crime, support crime survivors, and prevent future offenses.
For too long, prosecutors nationwide have promoted mass incarceration and relied on policies that hurt the poor and people of color disproportionately, all the while neglecting the needs of crime victims and our communities.
DA Chesa Boudin rejects those models and instead leads the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on a progressive path forward towards seeking true justice for justice-involved individuals, survivors, and our community overall. This means that under DA Boudin’s leadership, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office works to empower survivors of crime while also combating the underlying causes of crime.
In San Francisco, 75% of people booked into jail struggle with substance use, mental health, or both. DA Boudin’s policies focus on prioritizing treatment, resources, and support for those whose crimes stem from underlying struggles. This also allows the office to focus resources on protecting the public from serious and violent crime.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office serves as a model for prosecutors’ offices nationwide. DA Boudin has pioneered innovative policies that work to end mass incarceration and protect people of color and low-income communities that have suffered at the hands of an unfair justice system. The DA’s Office also promotes the use of collaborative courts and restorative justice programs to hold individuals accountable and heal the harm caused to victims of crime.
The Office is dedicated to transparency and using ethical means to prosecute in order to protect the constitutional rights of those involved in criminal cases.
Chesa Boudin was elected in November 2019 on a progressive platform centered on ending mass incarceration; protecting crime survivors; and addressing the root causes of crime. DA Boudin personally understands the impact of incarceration; both of his parents were incarcerated throughout his childhood and his father is still in prison.
DA Boudin was a Rhodes Scholar and graduated from Yale Law School. He worked as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and later for the Honorable Charles Breyer on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. DA Boudin then worked as a public defender in San Francisco, where he helped lead the office’s bail reform unit.
Some of DA Boudin’s renowned polices include eliminating bail; ending racist sentencing enhancements; discouraging the police from using racist, pretextual stops; allowing victims of police violence to access victims’ compensation; providing diversion opportunities for parents in the justice system; and ensuring that cases relying solely on the word of officers with documented serious misconduct are not prosecuted.