Every candidate for District Attorney in California–both incumbents and challengers–received a questionnaire with 23 Yes/No questions. Here are their responses to date.

Select Issue Area
  • Advancing Youth Justice
  • Combatting Racial Disparities
  • Death Penalty
  • Ending Mass Incarceration
  • Ending Poverty Penalties and Money Bail
  • Ensuring, Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability
  • Protecting Immigrant Communities
  • Protecting Workers and Consumers
  • Reducing Gun Violence
  • Standing Up to Police Misconduct
  • Transparency and Accountability

This site is a resource to help us understand the 88 district attorney candidates' stances on key criminal justice issues. We sent every DA candidate in California a set of questions about their platform. Their responses, or lack thereof, can help us be more informed voters on November 6th, 2018.

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.

Learn more at MeetYourDA.org

The questionnaire contained:
“Yes” or “No” Questions
Word count response field

Who’s behind this?

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This website features candidate responses to the California District Attorney Candidate Questionnaire, a collaborative effort of the ACLU of California, Color Of Change, Faith In Action Fund, and Rock the Vote Action Fund. All DA candidates in the state were invited to respond ahead of the June 5, 2018 primary elections.