District attorneys are among the most powerful figures in the criminal justice system.
DAs’ central role is to ensure that people are held accountable for harm against others. This also applies to accountability among law enforcement, including holding police accountable in cases of misconduct.
They ultimately decide who gets charged with a crime, who can access drug treatment over prison, whether to prosecute a young person as an adult, and whether to pursue the death penalty.
With this immense discretion, district attorneys can play an important role in making our public safety approach more fair and effective.