Did you know that the District Attorney holds immense power in deciding the fate of individuals, their families, loved ones, and the community at large? The DA can decide who to charge and who not to charge, resentencing, as well as the power to choose alternatives to incarceration such as diversion programs that include restorative justice or substance abuse recovery.

As part of the #KnowYourDA campaign, we joined Urban Peace Movement and the Justice Reinvestment Coalition in co-hosting a community-led “Safety & Justice: Alameda County District Attorney Virtual Candidate Forum” with Pamela Price, Seth Steward, Terry Wiley, and Jimmie Wilson on March 23. The forum gave each of the four candidates space to state their priorities and values. The discussion focused largely on reforming the criminal justice system rather than keeping the status quo. This shift to the left in political stances from DA candidates is an outcome that we believe can be directly credited to Pamela Price having ran a reform campaign in 2018 against outgoing DA Nancy O’Malley.

Watch the forum to learn more about the candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter.

You can learn more about how the DA impacts our lives by listening to our Monday Meals conversation with special guests, Danny Thongsy, Campaign Coordinator at Justice Reinvestment Coalition, J Vasquez, Policy & Legal Services Manager at Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, and Oakland Rising’s own Deputy Director, Jon Bean.