This site is a resource to help us understand the district attorney candidates' stances on key criminal justice issues. We sent every DA candidate a set of questions about their platform. Their responses, or lack thereof, can help us be more informed voters on November 8, 2022.

Why it matters

District Attorneys (DAs) have tremendous power to impact the lives of millions of people, their families, and entire communities. If someone is accused of a crime, it is the DA–not the police–who has the sole power to decide if criminal charges are filed and the severity of those charges. They alone decide who is deserving of a jail or prison sentence and who will instead be routed into a diversion program to help rebuild their life, or have charges dismissed.

In California, we have 58 elected DAs each representing one of our 58 counties. Our job is to elect a DA who is committed to seeking justice in criminal cases, working to prevent crime, and serving as a leader in the diverse communities they represent.

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The questionnaire contained:
“Yes” or “No” Questions
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This website features candidate responses to the California District Attorney Candidate Questionnaire, an effort of the ACLU of California. Candidates from the Los Angeles and San Francisco District Attorney Race will not be featured on this site.