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San Francisco Mayor Names Boudin Critic Brooke Jenkins as New DA

Breed appoints former prosecutor after voters ousted progressive

Brooke Jenkins

Brooke Jenkins

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After the successful recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Mayor London Breed has appointed a replacement from the ranks of the progressive prosecutor’s most vocal detractors.

Brooke Jenkins will serve as San Francisco’s next DA, Breed’s office said Thursday. She was a prosecutor in the homicide unit of the district attorney’s office for almost eight years before quitting in 2021, citing disagreements with Boudin’s policies and treatment of crime victims.

The appointment comes as Breed signals a tougher approach to the public-safety issues that contributed to the downfall of Boudin, who took office with the promise of criminal-justice reform. In May, the mayor appointed a former police spokesperson to serve as the supervisor for a vacant downtown district seat, and in June, she proposed a budget that will prioritize police spending and increase officer hiring.

At a press conference Thursday, Breed said she chose Jenkins after conversations with a range of prosecutors, judges, crime victims and former perpetrators, with the goal of enacting greater accountability measures without abandoning reform.

“What they wanted most out of a DA in this city was someone who, yes, would make sure that reforms are not forgotten but that accountability had to be an important part of the equation,” Breed said. “The fact that we have seen people try to impress upon us that we would sacrifice either one by choosing either one is something that is absolutely false.”