KQED Live: An Interview with Chesa Boudin

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A closeup of Chesa Boudin, seated in a red chair, speaking.
SF DA Chesa Boudin defends his record at a KQED Live event on May 3, 2022.  (Alain McLaughlin/Special to KQED)

It’s election season again. On June 7, Californians have some big decisions to make in elections both locally and statewide.

In San Francisco, voters will decide whether or not District Attorney Chesa Boudin will keep his job. Boudin was a public defender who grew up with parents in prison. And when he was elected in 2019, he promised progressive reforms around prosecution and police accountability.

Now, he faces a recall election. The people who want him out of office say he hasn’t been tough enough on crime, and that the city is less safe under his leadership as DA.

So in this episode, we’re sharing an interview between Chesa Boudin and KQED’s Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer. It was recorded in front of a live audience at our headquarters in San Francisco on May 3.


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