San Francisco’s new district attorney is an avowed liberal — no surprise — but she’s not a fool and she knows what the citizens of her city expect of her, unlike her woke George Soros-funded predecessor.
According to a press release from the new DA Brooke Jenkins, she has revoked more than 30 plea deals for light sentences (or no sentences) offered to perps by Boudin, many of them drug offenders.
The release noted that the reversals were linked to a wider Jenkins policy which prohibits drug dealers who are arrested with more than five grams of illegal drugs from being referred to the city’s so-called “community justice court.” In addition, the policy imposes enhanced charges for dealers who are found and arrested within 1,000 feet of a school, and indicates that she may seek pre-trial detention for fentanyl dealers “in extreme cases.”
Since 2020, nearly 1,500 people have died of drug overdose in part because dealers have been allowed to operate with impunity,” Jenkins said in the news release. “The lethality of fentanyl presents a different challenge, and we must immediately change course, so we can save lives and hold people accountable for the havoc they are wreaking in our communities like the Tenderloin and South of Market. Going forward defendants holding lethal doses of fentanyl will face felony charges.”
The Daily Wire adds:
In one case in which a plea deal was revoked, described by Jenkins in the release, a fentanyl dealer in the city’s Tenderloin district was arrested with more than 100 grams of fentanyl. That drug dealer already had six open cases for dealing fentanyl in the Tenderloin.
The dealer was previously referred to the community justice court at least five times by Boudin’s administration, despite not complying with the court’s mandated requirements and violating the terms of a stay away order from the Tenderloin district, each time he was arrested. That dealer was offered a single misdemeanor charge in order to close all six outstanding cases.
Jenkins’ release also noted Boudin’s refusal to prosecute drug crimes before he was overwhelmingly recalled by voters earlier this summer.
According to a review of outstanding drug cases that Jenkins’ office published, as of July, there were 157 cases involving the illegal sale of narcotics currently waiting in collaborative courts such as the San Francisco Community Justice Court. In more than half of those cases — 88 — fentanyl is involved. In all, 40 defendants have multiple drug cases that are currently open. In addition, according to data from the San Francisco Superior Court, Boudin’s administration did not obtain a single conviction for fentanyl dealing in all of 2021.
Even Soros-funded Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office obtained convictions in 90 drug cases, according to Jenkin’s office.
The Daily Wire notes further:
The new policy is Jenkins’ latest move to reverse course from Boudin’s administration. Shortly after assuming office in July, Jenkins fired 15 of Boudin’s staffers, including Boudin’s chief of staff, managing attorney, assistant chief of general crimes, communications director and policy advisor, director of data, analytics, and research, and managing attorney of the independent investigations bureau.
When she was appointed by Mayor London Breed last month, Jenkins hit the ground running, according to the New York Post:
San Francisco’s no-nonsense new district attorney is cleaning house — as she reportedly laid off 15 staffers inherited from her booted, woke predecessor.
The firings Friday by Brooke Jenkins come nearly two weeks after she was appointed district attorney by Mayor London Breed following the recall of her much-maligned predecessor Chesa Boudin, according to SFGATE.com.
Jenkins dropped the firing ax on most the 25 staffers who worked for Boudin, days after holding a 20-minute introductory meeting with them that some attendees described as “uncomfortable” and “icy,” SFGATE.com also reported.
“Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms,” Jenkins said in a statement.
She also fired Arcelia Hurtado, who led an “Innocence Commission” that Boudin launched, though Jenkins told a local media outlet on Thursday she intends to keep the commission intact, just not with Boudin’s pick to run it.
“The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made … to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission, complained to SFGATE.com.