I have a confession. While I may be familiar to some as the neon haired activist and victims’ advocate discussing my highly publicized stalking case or breaking down the impact of Prop 57 on talk shows, there was a time when my greatest awareness of the legal system came courtesy of Dick Wolf. I distinctly recall voting for Al Gore in my first election, and being so young and uninformed when voting on local candidates that I thought it was a great idea to just pick a woman or unconventional sounding politician.
Thankfully, Gascon reportedly met with the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and saw the value of putting hate crime enhancements back into play. While it was painful for many that these conversations even had to take place, I can appreciate anyone who can be reasoned with and walk back on their mistakes.
Essential to this discussion, is the fact that a disproportionately high number of the incarcerated are people of color. As a white Jewish person, I’m not the one to lead this part of the conversation, but it should be noted that in 2018, 89% of the homicides in Los Angeles county were against people of color; they are also disproportionately impacted as victims as well. We are failing everyone on both sides.