DA launches system to ensure ‘equal justice’

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón on Thursday announced the launch of a centralized prosecution system in an effort to ensure greater consistency and fairness in the sentencing of county prosecutors.

“We centralize the decision-making process to ensure that the same behavior leads to similar outcomes wherever a crime takes place in Los Angeles County,” Gascón said in a written statement.

“Consistency in initial case evaluation and filing is crucial to achieving equal justice for all people in our county.”

Centralized archive metrics will be developed and investigations will be conducted to measure progress, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Criminal cases in downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Van Nuys and the Antelope Valley began to be filed using the new centralized system Monday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Lawsuits will be centralized by January in Compton, Pomona, El Monte, West Covina, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Torrance and Inglewood courthouses, followed by the airport, Long Beach, Norwalk, Bellflower, Downey, Metropolitan, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank and the Alhambra. courthouses around March 1st.

Approximately 680 cases are filed each day by law enforcement agencies for processing, most of which are reviewed and either filed or dismissed for criminal prosecution by deputy district attorneys who are affiliated with the downtown Los Angeles courthouse and district and district courts throughout the county and will continue to work in local courthouses, but reports to the Deputy District Attorney in the Charge Evaluation Division, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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