Why San Francisco’s New District Attorney Chesa Boudin is a 'Leap of Faith'

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On Friday, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin fired seven attorneys within his office. (Stephanie Lister/KQED)

Chesa Boudin wants to shake up San Francisco's criminal justice system. Boudin comes from an unconventional background: His parents were jailed for participating in a robbery that led him to a career as a public defender. This week, final results showed Boudin was elected District Attorney by just 2,800 votes. While some worry about what a public defender-turned-DA will mean to public safety and criminal justice, Boudin says it’s the system itself that’s been the most harmful.

Guest: Mary Franklin Harvin, KQED reporter

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