Amidst a rising recall effort, the George Soros-funded Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price is defending her radical criminal justice policies by stating her role “has really no impact on crime.” The political committee, Save Alameda for Everyone, is challenging Price’s lenient criminal justice policies, which have caused numerous county prosecutors to resign over her seven-month tenure.
Oakland has witnessed a 14 percent rise in robberies since last year. Price, a strong advocate for restorative justice, seeks to divert individuals from the racially biased criminal justice system. She contested claims that her policies favor criminals over victims, asserting, “many times people who are perpetrators, or labeled as perpetrators, were actually victims.”
Price faced criticism over her handling of a case involving the murder of a toddler, Jasper Wu. The DA removed a special circumstances charge, thereby preventing the accused from potentially receiving life sentences. Community advocate Carl Chan criticized this move, arguing it sends a message that crimes will not face serious repercussions.
Responding to the case on KTVU, Price expressed empathy for the victims’ families and asserted that her office follows the law concerning the use of enhancements in special circumstances. The DA also noted her team’s achievement in upgrading the outdated technology and reporting methods of the office.
Despite the ongoing recall effort, Price maintains her critics are “election deniers,” referring to her overwhelming victory in the last election. She warns against undermining the voters’ will, likening it to the Jan. 6 insurrection.