CALL TO ACTION: please help us hold the San Diego County District Attorney, Summer Stephan, accountable on her promise to support bail reform.

 

As you may know, San Diego County voters recently elected a new District Attorney – Summer Stephan. During the campaign, Ms. Stephan said on more than one occasion that she supported bail reform and, as DA, would use her position of leadership to support much needed changes to our money bail system. Unfortunately, she already appears to be walking back this promise to voters.

 

Currently a bill on bail reform (SB-10) is being voted on in Sacramento. Recently, The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, led by DA Summer Stephan, was officially listed as “opposition”. This is directly in contrast with what then candidate, Summer Stephan, promised during the campaign. We are calling on you all to help us hold her accountable by tweeting, e-mailing, and/or calling her office today and asking her to reverse her decision. We are asking her to keep her promise to the voters and residents of San Diego County, and support bail reform today.

 

We know there is a lot going on in the world right now, and this may not seem like a top priority, but bail reform is crucial to creating real justice. Across this nation, and right here in San Diego County, far too many people sit in jail, having never been convicted of crime, simply because they are too poor to pay bail.  If you are rich (but dangerous) you can pay your way out of jail. If you are poor (but non-violent) you may sit in jail for months – often times causing you to lose your job, housing, or worse. Leaving jail pre-trial should ONLY be decided on: whether you are a flight risk, or a danger to the community. We cannot permit a system that criminalizes poverty to exist. Please take 5 minutes of your day to help us hold our elected officials accountable and end this unjust practice of cash-bail.

[Tweet/E-Mail/Call scripts are below.]

 

 

We’ve attached a few photos for you.

1. The website we pulled this information from. You can learn more by going to: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

2. The bill itself.

3. Those listed as official opposition to the bill. We have highlighted the San Diego District Attorney’s Office on this photo.

 

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Here is her contact information:

E-Mail: summer.stephan@sdcda.org and publicaffairs@sdcda.org

Twitter: @SummerStephan and @SDDistAtty

Phone: 619.531.4040

 

 

SCRIPTS

 

TWEET

Dear @SummerStephan and @SDDistAtty – during your campaign you pledged to support #bailreform – you can do that first by reversing your opposition to SB-10 immediately. Please keep your promise. – [YOUR NAME HERE], a resident of San Diego County.

 

(if you are not from San Diego County, but still want to join us in solidarity for our fight for criminal justice reform, simply end your tweet with “a concerned citizen for criminal justice reform”.)

**Do not forget to attach the photos!**

E-MAIL

Dear Ms. Stephan,
My name is _____ and I am resident of San Diego County and one of your constituents. During your recent campaign for District Attorney, you indicated your support bail reform and pledged to support efforts to end cash-bail. I am writing you because I recently was surprised to learn you officially opposed bill SB-10, Bail: Pre-trial Release, even though you said during your campaign for District Attorney that you supported bail reform.Please immediately reverse this decision and file a brief in support of SB-10 from yourself, the District Attorney, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, which you run. Please keep your promise to voters and stand with your constituents on this very important issue.

Thank you,
[YOUR NAME HERE]

**Do not forget to attach the photos!**

PHONE 

Hello, this is a message for Ms. Stephan. My name is ______ and I am San Diego County resident and one of your constituents. I am calling because I recently learned of your opposition to SB-10, the bail reform bill currently in Sacramento. I was surprised to learn you officially opposed this bill, given you said during your campaign for District Attorney that you supported bail reform. I am urging to immediately reverse this decision and file a brief in support of SB-10 from yourself, the District Attorney, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, which you run. Please keep your promise to voters and stand with your constituents on this very important issue.
Thank you,
[YOUR NAME HERE]

Of course you can feel free to use these templates word-for-word or personalize them in a way that is comfortable for you. All we ask is that you indicate the name of the bill (SB-10), mention bail reform and Ms. Stephan’s support of this issue during her campaign for District Attorney, and urge her to keep her promise to voters. 

We will keep at this every day until she makes change. 
Thank you for your support in this fight for criminal justice reform.

 

Sincerely,

San Diegans for Criminal Justice Reform

(if you need any clarification comment below or e-mail us at justiceforsandiego@gmail.com)

 

 

P.S. – do not forget the attachments!

 

Call to Action! – Bail Reform

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