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District Attorney Jackie LaceyDistrict Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as the 42nd District Attorney. She set goals for the office that will protect public safety, address jail overcrowding, target high-tech criminals, safeguard seniors from financial abuse and bolster the prosecution of environmental crimes.  She also has taken a leadership role in the formation of Los Angeles County’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Project.

A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, District Attorney Lacey leads roughly 1,000 lawyers, nearly 300 investigators and about 800 support staff employees. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.

District Attorney Lacey joined the office in 1986 and was a front-line prosecutor for more than 14 years. She won national attention for her successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime murder.

Starting in late 2000, she took on management and executive roles in the District Attorney’s Office. Her duties included reviewing nearly every major case the office prosecuted, serving on the office’s special circumstance committee that reviews death-penalty eligible cases and making high-level policy decisions affecting the pursuit of justice and the management of the office.

She led the creation of several alternative sentencing courts to deal with specific nonviolent offenders: the Los Angeles County Veterans Court, the Los Angeles County Women's Reentry Court and the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

In 2011, she was named chief deputy district attorney and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office. She also considered federal, state and local legislation to determine the impact on the county’s criminal justice system.

She has received many honors. In 2013, District Attorney Lacey was named to the “Power 100” by Ebony magazine. She received the Trailblazer Award from the National Black Prosecutors Association; the Benito Juarez Attorney of the Year Award from the Mexican American Bar Association; the Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year Award from the John M. Langston Bar Association; the Distinguished Professional in Public Service Award from the University of California, Irvine.

For five years, District Attorney Lacey dedicated one lunch hour a week to teaching fifth-graders at Lorena Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights about the criminal justice system.

A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and Dorsey High School, District Attorney Lacey began her legal career as an associate in a small civil law firm. She then became a trial deputy in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Lacey and her husband, David, have two adult children.


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