The families of people killed in LA County have been complaining about DA George Gascon’s decision to drop all sentencing enhancements against the people who took their relatives from them. Yesterday one of Gascon’s own Deputy DAs, who often prosecutes child abuse cases, criticized his new boss saying, “I just don’t understand why we’re not trying to prosecute child murderers to the fullest extent of the law.”
Yesterday Gascon responded to the criticism he’s been receiving by explaining that there will be no exceptions to his decision to drop enhancements, not even in the case of hate crimes. Gascon explained that sentencing enhancements are racist:
“I do believe that enhancements have driven mass incarceration in this country and I do believe that they’re racist,” he told reporters in a remote video news conference…
Gascon said any exceptions would, “swallow the rule,” and reiterated that he felt sentencing enhancements were most to blame for the state’s swelling prison population.