DA Gascón Drops Victim Notification Requirement in Parole Hearings
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Los Angeles Magazine reports that embattled Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is yet again up to his usual tricks:
At a Tuesday meeting, a representative of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón told prosecutors that a long-held policy in which the office notifies victims of crime (or next of kin) that a parole hearing is scheduled for the inmate that harmed them or their loved ones, has been repealed.
This news was then dispersed through an email that was sent by a supervisor who’d attended the meeting of the Parole Division Bureau of Prosecution Support Operationsknown collegially as the “lifer” unit. According to the email, the DA feels it is “not appropriate” for prosecutors to notify victims of crime and next of kin of these upcoming hearings.
In that email, the supervisor added that Gascón also directed staff to “wind down the Lifer Unit” in the months to come.
The article goes on to note that this change in policy has yet to be officially announced. The DA’s office emailed Los Angeles Magazine an Alice-in-Wonderland statement suggesting that notifying victims and their families could end up being harmful:
“After consulting with victim experts, we do not believe this is a trauma-informed approach. Contacting victims and their next of kin can be very triggering, especially if they do not welcome the intrusion. We consulted with the CDCR and they have advised and confirmed that it is their responsibility to contact victims who have registered for notifications and provide information and support to those victims,” the statement reads.
Note the favored progressive buzzwords “experts” and “triggering,” just the sort of psychobabble we have come to expect from these fraudsters. The CDCR referenced in the statement is the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation [note to the magazine’s editors: once upon a time you would have thought to have mentioned this], so in essence the Gascónistas are telling us that their office no longer has the responsibility to reach out to victims and their families — indeed to do so may be harmful — but for whatever reason it is incumbent upon the prison system to do so. Imagine trying to make that claim with a straight face: it’s “not appropriate” for the DA’s office to keep crime victims and their families informed about the potential parole of their assailant, but it’s hunky-dory for a huge state bureaucracy — widely criticized for being wasteful, corrupt, and unresponsive to reform — to be handed that task.
One might be able to make an argument that the CDCR is indeed the proper agency to contact victims, but given the fact that the DA’s office also participates in parole hearings and is thus made aware of them, and given the fact that the Gascón Regime has already been criticized for being grossly insensitive to crime victims, neither the DA nor his enablers deserve the benefit of the doubt here.
Interestingly enough, this story has been reported on Fox News, in the New York Post, and in all sorts of right-leaning blogs, but other than Los Angeles Magazine no local left-leaning media outlet — not the Dog Trainer, none of the local TV networks, not even the Los Angeles Daily News Group — has made mention of this change of policy. Make of that what you will. Here’s hoping we recall this clown first chance we get.
Hey hey, ho ho, DA Gascon’s got to go!norcal (da5491) — 7/14/2022 @ 1:32 pm
I demand that we move county and municipal elections to non-Presidential election years.JVW (020d31) — 7/14/2022 @ 1:34 pm
Forever a sewer with zip codes. =sigh=DCSCA (cffc86) — 7/14/2022 @ 1:42 pm
Is parole hearing info public? Perhaps some enterprising soul will publish the list weekly.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 7/14/2022 @ 1:50 pm
I demand that we move county and municipal elections to non-Presidential election years.
If you do that you will increase the control that county and municipal workers have in the election. Moving the LA city elections to the biennial November dates has made them more responsive to the voters. Before it was just city workers, activists and maybe some retired people who voted in February or April. That the scumbags lengthened their terms by a year and a half was just the price that had to be paid.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 7/14/2022 @ 1:55 pm
I see that Gascon is siding with Polanski’s lawyers in Polanski’s appeal process.
Their argument is that 42 days in jail for raping a child is enough.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 7/14/2022 @ 2:00 pm
If you do that you will increase the control that county and municipal workers have in the election.
I used to think that too, until the voters of the Los Angeles Unified School District shot down a parcel-tax increase in a special election which would have thrown billions at the schools. The thinking was that the unions would turn out the vote, but quite the opposite happened: the anti-tax folks were the ones who were motivated to show up at the polls.
If anything, moving county and municipal elections to November from odd years to even years guarantees that the Dems and left-wing advocacy groups can drive low-information voters to the polls to enact their agendas, and the sheer number of items on the ballot will make it easier for them to dominate the narrative. I say let’s challenge them to do the same in an odd year with a much more lean ballot and see how that goes.JVW (020d31) — 7/14/2022 @ 2:22 pm
And what they don’t know can’t hurt them?
Triggering here means anyway, reminding them of the crime. o it’s not the possibility of the criminal being freed that could hurt them, but simply reminding them of the crime! (which presumably would otherwise never be brought to mind, or at least less often)
Ofcourse 90% of this triggering business is nonsense.Sammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 7/14/2022 @ 2:53 pm
Not any more.
SourceRip Murdock (d2a2a8) — 7/14/2022 @ 3:00 pm
If Gascon isn’t recalled, I would get the hell out of LA.norcal (da5491) — 7/14/2022 @ 3:09 pm
Ethically and morally challenged; he sounds like Kermit the Frog when he speaks, but that does NOT win him anything.Colonel Haiku (8b99b0) — 7/14/2022 @ 3:17 pm
In other criminal justice system news:
1. In Michigan the court signed an agreement with the ACLU to limit cash bail.
2. In Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia from 2008 to 2016 wrote an op-ed piece, maybe some time in the past that turned the phrase “white privilege” against its proponents.
3. Boston seems to be an exception to the rule that progressive or iberal Democrats lead to more crime.
They are doing something different there (and maybe they didn’t impose the same handicaps):
By Nicole GelinasSammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 7/14/2022 @ 4:35 pm
There’s a case they are talking about in New York:
I don;tknow if these stories capture all the details.
Someone called a radioo station saying that girlfriend,mother of the child whose potato chips were snatched back when she couldn;t pay $3 – should be prosecuted, not just for stabbbing the clerk when he was struggling with her boyfriend – they were together 10 years – bit for bringing him to the store to pick a fight – that was a felony and getting him killled was felony murderSammy Finkelman (1d215a) — 7/14/2022 @ 4:41 pm
@7: A few years, like when Riorden tried to fix the school board, lots of people showed up to vote. But mostly not. If you hide the elections, only those mostly affected will vote, and while the unions don’t dominate every election, they are certainly hard to beat. Every union member is aware of the election and how to vote, and are reminded often. Moving it to the general election makes their power minimal.
Now, perhaps all the other dumb-asses show up and vote dumb, but that’s pretty much due to living in Los Angeles than any particular election date.
I wonder if Caruso stands a chance. I’m sure that the Los AngelesKevin M (eeb9e9) — 7/14/2022 @ 4:57 pm
Daily WorkerTimes has left no stone unturned dissing him while lauding Bass. Maybe electing the worst possible people is the way out.
So, Gascon consulted with “victim experts,” but did he consult with actual victims and their families?? After all, they have the most skin in the game. They should’ve been at the top of the priority list. Also, shouldn’t it be expected that contacting victims might be “triggering”? After all, they’re victims for a reason. But that still doesn’t mean that they don’t want to know about parole hearings, and it doesn’t mean that they don’t want an ADA speaking up. on their behalf.
It makes me angry that victims of crime are not Gascon’s priority and focus.Dana (1225fc) — 7/14/2022 @ 6:13 pm
Contacting victims and their next of kin can be very triggering, especially if they do not welcome the intrusion.
Gee, if only there were a way that victims and next of kin could indicate whether they wanted these notifications or not. Maybe we’ll have the technology by the 22nd century.norcal (da5491) — 7/14/2022 @ 7:19 pm
Why is my comment @16 in moderation?norcal (da5491) — 7/14/2022 @ 7:20 pm
Ethically and morally challenged; he sounds like Kermit the Frog when he speaks, but that does NOT win him anything.
‘It ain’t easy being green’ for a D these days, Haiku. 😉DCSCA (20814a) — 7/14/2022 @ 7:33 pm
If Gascon isn’t recalled, I would get the hell out of LA.
norcal (da5491) — 7/14/2022 @ 3:09 pm
no LA county resident should pin their hopes on a recall
another woke moron will just replace himJF (5b6297) — 7/14/2022 @ 8:24 pm
another woke moron will just replace him
JF (5b6297) — 7/14/2022 @ 8:24 pm
Eventually that is likely to happen, but a recall would engender a more reasonable interlude. That’s my guess.norcal (da5491) — 7/14/2022 @ 8:36 pm
another woke moron will just replace him
Maybe there’s a chance for Giuliani’s last ditch plan to make Trump president again.
1. Giuliani is elected LA County DA
3. Trump PRESIDENT!!!!
It’s as reasonable as all the other plans.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 7/15/2022 @ 12:15 am
@15 I wonder what’s more triggering, finding out someone who attacked you or someone you care about might be getting parole or finding out they did, and you weren’t told or given a chance to speak against it, when you meet them face to face.frosty (6844fa) — 7/15/2022 @ 2:26 am
Gascón compares the DDAs to Trump’s cabinet:
What Gascón learned for the Boudin recall:
So, the problem is that the voters are just too stupid to see the important data. It’s a communication issue!
What I’ve learned: Never vote for anyone with funny accent marks in their name. It’s even worse than having a hyphenated last name.Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 7/15/2022 @ 10:06 am
@23 George Carlin was ruthless when it came to hyphenated names.
“Pick a f*cking name!”norcal (da5491) — 7/15/2022 @ 2:51 pm