Contra Costa County supervisors appointed retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton as the county’s interim district attorney. Becton, who has served on the bench for 21 years, will be the first woman and the first African-American to hold the office of Contra Costa County DA.
Becton will fill the seat left by Mark Peterson in June. State prosecutors charged Peterson with using campaign contributions as a personal slush fund and then lying about it.
Becton has promised she will work to restore public trust in the DA's office. She said her goals as a prosecutor include reducing racial disparities in sentencing, bail reform and restoring community-police relations.
At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday, dozens of criminal justice advocates and community members spoke in support of Becton.
“I am one of the individuals who was part of the problem,” said formerly incarcerated Richmond resident Antoine Cloird. “I changed my life about 14 years ago, and I just got my stuff expunged because of Diane [sic] Becton, because someone reached out to our community and saw the need for those who are really about change can get a second chance at a first-class life.”