George Soros: Desegregating District Attorneys

Before George Soros got started on Wall Street he fled his native country Hungary. According to Forbes Soros was working as a waiter and railway porter to pay his own tuition to the London School of Economics. At the beginning of his financial career, he worked at Merchant Bank. He eventually moved to New York and working on Wall Street paid for the establishment of his $12 million hedge fund. Know more about George Soros on Investopedia.

Soros experienced discrimination first hand having lived through the Nazi occupation of Hungary. He founded the Open Society Foundation. It is founded on the belief that no philosophy is the most important. Respect for individual rights, a democratic system of government, and freedom of expression are what a society needs to prosper.

Soros started his philanthropic legacy by funding scholarships for black students at the University of Cape Town during apartheid. He then provided copiers to the Communist Eastern Bloc to help promote the reprinting of banned texts. Later he established the Central European University after the Berlin Wall fell to help promote cultural exchanges and foster critical thinking between Eastern and Western Europe. Most recently he has gotten involved to stop racial discrimination occurring in the criminal justice system.

In 2015 Brenda Carter published research that reported that 95% of US local prosecutors are white and 75% of these are men. It also found that 85% of these offices run for reelection without opposition. This information fueled groups such as Color of Change to change these statistics. This data was also the fuel for George Soros who has funneled over $3 million in support of the campaigns of Hispanic and African-American district attorney candidates.

Soros believes in reducing sentencing based on race and supporting diversion programs for drug offenders instead of a trial. He backs candidates with the same mindset. Soros is pushing to finance criminal justice reform by funding candidates with tangible preparations to do so. Learn more on about George Soros.

Candidates have campaigns in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Illinois. Soros works with a national 527 unlimited-money group and state-level super PACs which have a variety of networks on safety and justice. For instance Aramis Ayala’s primary campaign was previously low budget. That was before the Florida Safety and Justice group spent $1.4 million on her campaign thanks to Soros. In 2015 Dhu Thomson reported to Politico upset after losing in a Louisiana district attorney race to James Stewart who was funded by Soros. He gave Stewart’s campaign $930 thousand.

George Soros wants legislation to reduce incarceration rates. The Open Society Foundation is now focused on criminal justice reform and drug policy. Soros believes that changing the racial profile of who decides the fate of criminals will ultimately reduce racial sentencing.

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