Today we make history for San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, son of America’s Weather Underground parents that were a progressive population who bombed the Pentagon, San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and other significant landmarks throughout the United States as an expression to the government that the people are against wrongful death and inhumane treatment.
According to the SF Weekly, As of November 5, 2019, “11 p.m., Loftus (30.84 percent) and Boudin (32.91 percent)”. And, according to SF Chronicle, Nancy Tung came in at 20.8%, and Leif at about 15.4%. Chesa Boudin is the winner today.
Chesa understands the impacts and destruction of incarceration, (his biological father is still in prison) and believes restorative justice would be the right way to heal.
So Chesa dedicates his career to making our country safer by reforming our criminal justice system. Beginning in high school, he spoke out on behalf of children of incarcerated parents.
Through his education at Yale, as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and Yale Law School, Chesa continued to be an advocate for reform. After law school, he worked for two federal judges handling criminal trials and appeals, authorizing search warrants, and learning the highest standards for ethics and integrity in the application of the law.
As a San Francisco Deputy Public Defender, Chesa has handled more than 300 felony cases, including attempted murder, shootings, stabbings, drug sales, kidnapping, and auto burglary. He has a direct understanding of what it takes to reduce our staggering recidivism rates and redirect those arrested towards school and employment.
Chesa has also been a leader in San Francisco and across the country for fundamental criminal justice reform. He has worked directly with victims of crime and families of prisoners to make the system serve them better. Chesa believes everyone deserves a chance to be heard; that mental health preservation is more effective than jail time. Chesa has led efforts in San Francisco and California to reform our unfair bail system, protect immigrants from deportation, and to establish a pretrial release program to increase equity by allowing defendants to keep their jobs and housing while navigating the system.
Chesa’s priority as District Attorney will be to improve public safety by fundamentally reforming our broken criminal justice system that is devastatingly expensive, inefficient, unjust, and inhumane. It’s broken because more than 2/3 of people who are arrested and prosecuted come back into the system within a few years.
Chesa said on November 5, 2019, Election Day at the SOMA Street Food Celebration that the first thing he will do after elections is to get married to his fiancé and go on a honeymoon to figure out what to do next.