RACHEL ROSSI

Public Defender

for L.A. District Attorney

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Rachel Rossi is a seasoned attorney and criminal justice policy expert. Rachel has a decade of experience as a public defender in both federal and state criminal courts in Los Angeles, and in the drafting of criminal justice policy and legislation in Washington, D.C.

Rachel worked on criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C. on the House and Senate sides. As Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, she led the Democratic Majority’s efforts to develop the next steps in criminal justice reform nationally. She worked with Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler and Judiciary Crime Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Karen Bass on drafting criminal justice reform legislation and holding Congressional hearings on the need for criminal justice reform. This included a hearing on California’s criminal justice reforms and a hearing on women and girls in the criminal justice system where Piper Kerman of “Orange Is the New Black” testified.

Prior to the House Judiciary Committee, Rachel was Counsel to Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Democratic Whip, on criminal justice. Rachel worked on multiple nomination hearings, including those for Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, and was the lead staffer on the First Step Act, the major federal criminal justice reform bill signed into law in December 2018. The First Step Act enacted comprehensive sentencing and prison reforms and has resulted in thousands of people being released from federal prison to date.

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11
December
6 PM
L.A. County District Attorney Candidate Debate
California African American Museum
600 State Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
13
December
6:30 PM
Campaign Launch and Fundraiser
Onyx Lounge
118 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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As the former Federal Defender for the Central District of California, I hired Rachel Rossi.  I was her supervisor.  Her boss.  And am still her friend.  Rachel Rossi will bring the change that Los Angeles is ready for, and I urge you to support her, as I do. Rachel has experience like no other candidate in this race.  And she has a vision for a smarter, safer and more humane criminal justice system.  I believe that vision is possible.

FORMER FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Hilary Lee Potashner

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Campaign Updates

Los Angeles TimesFormer public defender Rachel Rossi latest to enter crowded L.A. County D.A.'s race

Rachel Rossi announced her candidacy to unseat Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the latest in a wave of self-professed reform candidates to challenge for D.A. posts in major cities in recent years.

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