Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey (Photo by Xavier Higgs for Sentinel)
Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey’s life is an open book that continues to inspire countless people.
In a speech at the Southern California Edison 12th Annual Black History program LADA Lacey spoke honestly about growing up in Los Angeles.
Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey declares more needs to be done to improve the criminal justice system.
“I will continue to give speeches like this to encourage young people enter my profession.”
But the pipeline is not favorable for young people of color to enter into prosecutor positions essentially because of rising student loan debts. Another is the lack of familiarity with the district attorney’s office.
“A lot people don’t even know what a DA does. Therefore we bring young people into my office to expose them to what a prosecutors,” says Lacey.
As Los Angeles County's first female and African American district attorney, Lacey remain optimistic about the future of recruiting skilled black attorneys into the prosecutor’s office.
“Me, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and US Attorney Andre Birotte are very visible in the community. We all realize that we did not get here by accident.”
When asked to respond to those who criticize her leadership, Lacey said her “job is to keep the public safe and treat people fairly.”