Reforming our justice system

As an Assistant District Attorney, Rebecca prosecuted criminal cases including burglary, robbery, narcotics, and attempted murder. Later, Rebecca spearheaded the Neighborhood Prosecution program, a groundbreaking criminal justice reform effort steering non-violent misdemeanor offenders out of the courtroom and into the community where neighbors and merchants determine the outcome. The program has expanded to address these issues citywide. With the success of this program, Rebecca then created a Community Relations Division. The division enabled hundreds of San Franciscans to craft new ways to prevent crime, which resulted in a strengthened zero tolerance policy on hate crimes, developing a mentoring program for high school students, initiating an annual anti bullying video competition for public and private school students, and reducing financial elder abuse. Rebecca built these innovative programs, which reduced crime, improved neighborhoods, helped hundreds of people, and saved taxpayer dollars.