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On June 8, 2022, San Francisco voters ousted Chesa Boudin as district attorney. Boudin was known as a “progressive prosecutor” who introduced criminal justice reform policies that aligned with restorative justice to reduce mass incarceration. Boudin was elected district attorney in 2019 on a decarceration platform which aimed to eliminate cash bail, to establish a prosecutor’s unit to re-evaluate wrongful convictions, and to advocate against assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with raids and arrest. Two years later in May 2021, President Biden passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which aimed to streamline the reporting of Asian American Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) hate crimes. The Act funded state hotline numbers for the improved reporting of hate crimes in multiple languages, and expanded public education campaigns to curb racialized language in describing the pandemic.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 7, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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