District Attorney’s race asks: Can a ‘tough on crime’ prosecutor also be a reformer?

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The criminal justice system in Riverside County has earned national notoriety for the aggressive tactics employed by county prosecutors. In many years, the county puts more people on death row than any other county in the country …

… The seat has long been dominated by Republicans. As the region continues to change demographically and trends toward the Democratic Party, the question that arises is whether prosecutors like Hestrin, aligned with the Republican Party’s public safety platform, will continue to occupy the District Attorney’s office or will they be upstaged by reform-minded candidates like Gressley.  — The Desert Sun

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