Judge blocks many of George Gascón’s criminal justice reforms

George Gascón speaks at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, California, March 11, 2013. On February 8, 2021, a judge blocked several criminal justice reforms by Gascón as LA’s district attorney. Photo by REUTERS/Robert Galbraith.

On Monday, a judge blocked LA District Attorney George Gascón from enforcing one of his major promises: ending the use of prison sentencing enhancements in thousands of criminal cases. The judge’s order stemmed from a lawsuit brought late last year by the union that represents hundreds of LA County prosecutors. The union argued that Gascón’s reforms required them to break state law.