LOS ANGELES – Known as “The Defenders of Justice,” Los Angeles County Superior Court judicial candidates Holly Hancock (Office No 70), Anna Reitano (Office No 60), Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes (Office No 67), and Carolyn “Jiyoung” Park (Office No 118) are pleased to announce the endorsement of Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin and Assemblymember Isaac Bryan (AD 54).
“It’s time we elect Los Angeles County Superior Court judges who really understand what justice means,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin. “We need judges who have the skill, experience, temperament and drive to make our criminal justice system work right. That’s how we make Los Angeles safe for everyone. Please vote for these Defenders of Justice.”
“Justice is on the Ballot! For far too long we’ve elected District Attorneys and prosecutors to serve as judges who often measure success by the number of County residents they incarcerate instead of the number who get help in addressing the issues that brought them into the courtroom in the first place. It’s time to change that by voting for ‘The Defenders of Justice’,” said Assemblymember Isaac Bryan. “According to data, nearly half of those sentenced to serve time in a Los Angeles County jail suffer from some form of mental illness and half are convicted of crimes directly resulting from poverty and desperation. In order to make Los Angeles safer, we need to ensure that we’re not just sentencing people to jail time when we should be sending them to community- and County-based programs that address the core issues associated with mental illness, addiction, and homelessness that brought them into the court system in the first place. Only by doing so will we be able to end the vicious and costly cycle of recidivism and help make our communities and County a safer place for everyone. These four judicial candidates have seen first-hand how successful this approach is through their work as public defenders and civil rights attorneys. They will make incredible additions to list of leaders serving our community as judges.”
In an effort to end the longstanding pipeline to the County bench of prosecutors and well-connected private attorneys who perpetuate the status quo of racist mass incarceration, the Transforming the Judiciary Coalition has endorsed the first ever progressive slate of judicial candidates for Los Angeles Superior Court. Following in the footsteps of similar, successful slates in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and elsewhere, The Defenders of Justice bring a perspective to the bench rooted in their experiences as public defenders and civil rights attorneys, a perspective committed to the precept that every individual that comes before the bench deserves a fair trial and willing to seek treatment and alternatives to incarceration when appropriate.
For more information on The Defenders of Justice, visit TheDefendersOfJustice2022.com.