Shortly after Pamela Price was sworn in as Alameda County District Attorney in January, anti-crime activists began discussing removing her from office.
Price’s critics blame recent increases in crime on her philosophy as a prosecutor—the DA has made a point of not always seeking the maximum possible punishment for criminal defendants. Critics have accused her of being too lenient in several high-profile cases. And Price has also drawn fire for investigating and prosecuting police officers and jail guards accused of murder, assault, and other crimes.
In October, Price’s opponents officially launched the recall campaign.