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The Progressive Prosecutor Pt. 1: Chesa Boudin's Unlikely Path To The DA Office

Courtesy of Chesa Boudin
Chesa Boudin with his wife and parents David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin.

When Chesa Boudin took the helm as the city’s top prosecutor in San Francisco, he promised to be different. He pledged to use the power of the San Francisco District Attorney's office to reform the justice system. The city’s police union balked, warning he would be too lenient on criminals. In the first installment of The Progressive Prosecutor, we begin with Boudin’s unlikely path to the DA’s office.

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"The Progressive Prosecutor" is a series looking at San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin's first year in office. Find the rest of the stories in the series here.

Alice Woelfle co-reported this story with help from Christopher Egusa. It was edited by David Boyer, and mixed by James Rowlands.