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Los Angeles County district attorney to eliminate cash bail for many offenses and resentence death row inmates

New LA County district attorney sworn in
New LA County district attorney sworn in 02:57

Los Angeles County's lead prosecutor on Monday announced sweeping changes for the county's district attorney's office, including the elimination of cash bail for misdemeanor and some felony offenses, CBS Los Angeles reports. Newly sworn-in George Gascón announced that county prosecutors will no longer seek cash bail for any misdemeanor or non-violent, non-serious felony offenses.

Attorneys who have clients behind bars awaiting trial on any of the affected offenses can immediately schedule a hearing to revisit bail and his office won't contest their release.

Gascón, 66, also told reporters he is taking the death penalty "off the table," and will seek to resentence inmates on death row to life in prison.

The former San Francisco prosecutor also declared he won't file any gang enhancements in criminal complaints, saying they undermine rehabilitation, exacerbate racial inequities and unnecessarily crowd jails and prisons.

George Gascón
George Gascón seen August 11, 2009, at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

He also pledged to immediately end the practice of charging minors as adults, and will make victims' services available to families of those shot and killed by law enforcement officers. The District Attorney's office will also not require victims of crime to testify against perpetrators in order to gain access to victims' services.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian-West, who recently has advocated for criminal justice reform, voiced her support for Gascón on Monday, saying the actions "are the change we've been waiting for."

Gascón, a retired Los Angeles police officer, has served as both police chief and district attorney for San Francisco, CBS LA points out.

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