October 26, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

District Attorney Highlights Efforts to Help Mentally Ill Stay Out of Criminal Justice System

District Attorney Jackie Lacey highlighted efforts to help mentally ill individuals stay out of the criminal justice system in an annual report released Monday by her office.

The Report to the People 2015-16 leads off with a letter by Lacey that recalls the biggest convictions of the last two years.

“One of the office’s greatest achievements was the successful prosecution of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. — who was convicted of the notorious `Grim Sleeper’ murders of nine women and a teenage girl spanning from 1985 to 2007,” Lacey wrote. “He was sentenced to death for his crimes.”

Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng’s murder conviction for overprescribing drugs to three men who died from overdoses was also noted. Tseng was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

A $4 million settlement with Southern California Gas Co. stemming from the massive natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon also made the highlight reel.

On the criminal justice front, Lacey said she believed her office’s work in developing a mental health diversion program would have “an enduring impact.”

About 250 misdemeanor defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial were released directly into community treatment in the program’s first year, according to the report.

Lacey said fighting cyber crime, child abuse and human sex trafficking are also priorities.

As evidence of her focus on transparency and ethics, the D.A. pointed to a new initiative.

“I created the office’s first Conviction Review Unit to examine claims of actual innocence based on newly discovered evidence,” Lacey wrote.

As a result of the unit’s work, a security guard convicted of fatally shooting a college student in a Palmdale parking lot in 2000 recently had his conviction overturned.

Raymond Lee Jennings served 11 years for the murder of Michelle O’Keefe. Superior Court Judge William Ryan ruled in January that new evidence appeared to “undermine the entire prosecution case.”

Lacey said then that the Jennings ruling “represents an important acknowledgement that my office is dedicated to serving justice, even when it means reopening a closed case based on newly discovered evidence.”

judge scales justice criminal

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica School Board Approves Purchases $21 Million Building

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

Santa Monica Malibu School Board votes 6-1 to purchase office building at 1717 4th Street By Toi Creel The Santa...

City Council Endorsements: Santa Monica Needs a Change

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Santa Monica City Council endorsements from the Santa Monica Mirror The following are two endorsement articles from Santa Monica Mirror...

Crime in Santa Monica Is Declining: Santa Monica Beat – October, 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Crime in Santa Monica Is Declining * 335 Homeless Residents Housed...

Forma Expanding to Main Street: Westside Food Scene

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Westside Food Scene October 22, 2020 By Kerry Slater Forma Expanding to Main Street Popular Santa Monica Italian restaurant Forma...

California Supreme Court to Hear Santa Monica Voting Rights Case

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Court to rule on future of at-large elections in Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro The California Supreme Court will determine...

LA County Says Younger Adults and Teenagers Are Driving COVID-19 Cases

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

68 percent of new cases among people between ages of 12 and 50 By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health...

Santa Monica Has Issued Over 40 Face Covering Citations

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

City expanding COVID-19 compliance efforts with the addition of “Health Ambassadors”  By Sam Catanzaro The City of Santa Monica says...

Grand Jury Indicts Former Angel Employee in Tyler Skaggs’ Fatal Overdose

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Fort Wayne grand jury indicts Eric Prescott Kay on drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges By Sam Catanzaro A federal...

YogaWorks Studios Closing Amid Pandemic: Santa Monica Beat – October, 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * YogaWorks Studios Closing Amid Pandemic * Carjacking Suspects in Custody All...

Edify TV: More Bike Lanes for Westside

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

A Westside city is adding more miles of protected bike lanes. Learn more in this video made possible by Santa...

Outgoing Santa Monica Police Chief Set to Receive Nearly $100K of Severance Pay

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Santa Monica City Council approves retirement agreement for outgoing chief Cynthia Renaud By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica’s outgoing police chief...

Intravenous Vitamin Therapy: A Natural, Effective Solution for the Flu

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

By Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi, ND and Dr. Matthew Cavaiola, ND  As fall and winter are fast approaching, many people, and...

Edify TV: Deal to House Homeless People Near Freeways

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

After months of negotiations, the City and County of LA reached a $300 million deal to house thousands of homeless...