March 2021 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  March 23, 2021


In his first 100 days in office, District Attorney George Gascón instituted a series of new policies to bring reform to the nation’s largest criminal justice jurisdiction.

The policies, which are driven by science and data, addressed the death penalty, youth justice, sentencing enhancements, victim services, cash bail, misdemeanor filings and resentencing in Los Angeles County.

In the months ahead, District Attorney Gascón will work to expand the office’s ability to serve crime victims and increase staffing to review wrongful convictions. He also plans to introduce policies related to undocumented individuals who are justice-involved, launch a team that will review officer-involved fatalities and partner with the community and the Los Angeles Police Department to implement new violence prevention measures.

For more about District Attorney Gascón’s first 100 days, click here. (En Español)

To watch his March 17 news conference in English, click here. (En Español)


District Attorney George Gascón established the office’s first Crime Victims Advisory Board comprised of members who will advise him on best practices for helping victims of crime become survivors. “Supporting victims in their journey to becoming survivors is fundamental to community safety,” Gascón said. “We will not only seek to hold the offenders accountable but also provide trauma-informed support services to victims of crime.” For information about the Crime Victims Advisory Board, click here.

Prosecutors Receive Anti-Defamation League Award


Deputy District Attorneys John Chang (pictured, right) and Reginald Neal were recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Los Angeles.

The prosecutors received the ADL’s Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize, which honors law enforcement professionals who work to protect the community from crimes related to hate. The presentation was made in a March 9 video ceremony.

The ADL praised the deputy district attorneys and investigators from the Los Angeles and Inglewood police departments and the California Highway Patrol for their work investigating a 2018 shooting spree in which two African American men were shot to death and several others were wounded.

Thank you for your leadership, Deputy District Attorneys Chang and Neal.

District Attorney Tours Branch Offices

DA Office Visit

District Attorney George Gascón addresses employees outside the Norwalk Branch Office and walks through Long Beach Courthouse as part of his commitment to visit every branch in Los Angeles County safely during the pandemic.

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United Against Hate

District Attorney George Gascón and other county leaders denounced a wave of hate incidents targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am fully committed to standing with you to ensure that those that act on hate will be held accountable,” District Attorney Gascón said during a March 8 news conference. “I am here to tell you unequivocally that my office will hold arms together with every member of our community to stand up against hate.”

To watch the full news conference, click here.

To learn more about the LA vs Hate campaign, visit

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District Attorney Honored

District Attorney George Gascón received the Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association on March 6. In a video message, the District Attorney discusses his journey from a boy in Cuba to the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Watch here.

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Ex-Mayor, 10 Others Charged in Maywood Corruption Probe

Two Men Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing 3-Year-Old Boy in Compton

Police Officer Charged With Sending Explicit Messages to Teenage Girl Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit

DA-NL202103-LADA in the news

Why L.A. County’s District Attorney Has Joined the Movement to End Bail, U.S. News and World Report

In Los Angeles County, District Attorney George Gascón Has Big Plans for Reshaping the Criminal Justice System, National Partnership for Pretrial Justice

From Cop to Progressive Prosecutor: George Gascón, Latino USA


New Bureau of Investigation Chief Named

Robert Arcos was named to lead the office’s Bureau of Investigation, the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County.

Arcos (pictured, left, with Deputy Chief Kris Carter) previously was an assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and is a respected law enforcement leader with more than 30 years of policing experience. The Bureau of Investigation includes more than 200 sworn officers.

For more, click here.