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San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fires 15 employees from her office prompting backlash

The San Francisco Court of Appeals Building
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The James R. Browning United States Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

Some of the recently fired DA Office employees went on social media to say they were fired without reason.

Felony prosecutor Ryan Khojasteh had worked on juvenile reforms. He wrote on his Twitter last Friday that Jenkins fired him quickly over the phone. The list of laid-off staffers includes many who served under Boudin including his former chief of staff Kate Chatfield. Also fired-were former assistant chief of general crimes Tal Klement and communications director and policy advisor Rachel Marshall.

The DA also fired Managing Attorney Arcelia Hurtado, who had been the DA Office’s representative on the Innocence Commission, which investigates wrongful convictions. Jenkins recently told KQED Radio she supports the continuation of the program.

KALW reached out to several people on the Innocence Commission but did not hear back in time for this story.

Sydney Fishman is in the 2022 KALW News Summer Training Program. She is a producer for Crosscurrents.
Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.