Targeting fentanyl dealers, new S.F. D.A. to revoke plea offers in drug crimes made under Boudin
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins is pulling back over 30 plea deal offers she deemed too lenient for defendants accused of selling fentanyl.
“On my watch, the DA’s office is going to take these cases seriously,” Jenkins said in an interview. “We are dealing with a public health crisis with regards to fentanyl, and no longer are we going to be giving a free pass to people who sell (that) drug in San Francisco.”
Thank you! This is what I’ve been hoping for for a while now.
From a second article:
The most “egregious” of those cases, her office said, is an alleged repeat offender arrested with more than 500 grams of fentanyl and referred to collaborative courts more than five times. He was offered a misdemeanor to settle six cases against him, according to her office.
She cleaned house at the DA's office with the firing of all those clowns that supported Chesa's approach, now she's moved on to cleaning up Chesa's disastrous legacy of criminals being allowed out with no consequences!
Glad to see common sense returning to the DA's office. It has been sorely missed
I never understand the progressive obsession with drug dealers. How are they adding any value to society and doing anything progressive? Learn from Europe. Jail those scumbags and let’s focus on real problems
I'm usually a defender of SF Chronicle articles, but this one was pretty annoying because they don't really give you much detail until the very last paragraph. Just give me the information, I don't care about Brooke's opponents opinions.
Dealers caught with more than 5 grams of fentanyl will no longer be eligible for community courts? eh, I'm ok with this but I'd rather it not be a hard mandate. I'd rather they factor in prior arrests as well. If this is someone's first arrest, there should be leniency options. If this ain't their first time, yeah no community court for you.
Caught dealing within 1,000 feet of school means you might face sentencing enhancements? I'm good with that because she's allowing wiggle room to evaluate the situation.
In 'extreme cases' prosecutors will seek to detain alleged dealers while they await trial? I'm not good with that. Stick to standard bail guidelines. Bail is not meant as a punishment. The purpose of bail is to ensure someone will appear for trial after they are released. Bail should only be withheld if the person being charged is a serious flight risk or if they pose a significant danger to the community at large. It's also very ambiguous what she means by 'extreme cases'.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
With plea deals off the table, the DA has to either take the cases to trial or else dismiss the charges.
Defendants have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. Typically the defendant might be willing to waive that right if they think the DA will negotiate a plea deal. But if that’s not an option the defendant has more incentive to push for a prompt trial. Does Jenkins have the prosecutors in place to move forward diligently with the cases? Will prosecutors be able to convince SF judges and juries to convict? We will have to wait and see…
Every citizen of the city should applaud changes like this. Thank you!!
Chron probably thinking this headline gonna make her life hell in SF.
Any defendant who didn’t accept plea offers prior to the election is an idiot and any attorney who didn’t tell their client that a pending plea offer could get a lot worse after the election is also an idiot and maybe providing ineffective assistance.
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