Honorable Eugene Hyman JD ’77 wrote an op-ed for the Daily Journal about efforts to reform the criminal justice system in California in the wake of the death of George Floyd. He argues that current efforts by newly sworn in L.A. District Attorney George Gascón and SF D.A. Chesa Boudin to minimize the involvement of law enforcement and the court system in the prosecution of crime are getting people killed.Read more (subscription required).
“…as a former police officer, I’ve seen firsthand the role law enforcement can have in stopping ‘non-serious’ crimes from escalating into serious ones that get people hurt, or killed. As a superior court judge, I saw how the court system could prove as a critical intervention point, one that offered a more gradual guard against the escalation of criminal activity and violent behavior.”