Steve Ipsen, Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney 2012, Secures Key Union Endorsement and Set to Appear Before the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

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Steve Ipsen is the founder and eight term past president of the largest prosecutors union in the United States - The Association of Deputy District Attorneys. He has secured a key endorsement from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1083.

Steve Ipsen, 2012 Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney

Steve Ipsen, 2012 Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney

We need someone who is willing to work both sides of the criminal spectrum. Mr. Ipsen seems to embrace a way to help young people who are disadvantaged and fall into a criminal element assimilate back into society.

Steve Ipsen is the founder and eight term past president of the largest prosecutors union in the United States - The Association of Deputy District Attorneys. He has secured a key endorsement from American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1083. The executive board and members of AFSCME Local 1083, LA County Supervising Child Support Officers, voted Saturday, January 7th to support and endorse Steve Ipsen’s efforts in becoming elected to the position of Los Angeles County District Attorney. AFSCME Local 1083 represents Supervising Child Support Officers within the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department.

AFSCME 1083 will join the The Association of Deputy District Attorneys to request that the LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO consider him for their endorsement. Janet Redic-King, AFSCME Local 1083 Chief Steward, commented on Steve Ipsen’s plan to focus limited jail resources on violent and dangerous criminals by using an alternate sentencing mechanism for nonviolent and youthful offenders called “Reform First”. Ipsen’s “Reform First” approach is designed to stop prison overcrowding and reform the broken criminal justice system in Los Angeles County. Nonviolent offenders will be offered a chance to perform community service or gainful employment while remaining crime free for at least one year in order to avoid a criminal record. "We need someone who is willing to work both sides of the criminal spectrum. Mr. Ipsen seems to embrace a way to help young people who are disadvantaged and fall into a criminal element assimilate back into society," said Redic-King. “The unemployable class of citizens we are creating is the problem and leading to more crime,” stated Ipsen.

Steve Ipsen adds the AFCSME 1083 endorsement to his growing list of endorsements. Victims’ rights leaders from the largest victims organizations in Southern California have endorsed Steve Ipsen and include: Marcella Leach, co-founder of Justice for Homicide Victims; Patricia Wenskunas, founder of Crime Survivors and Orange County Crime Stoppers; Lawanda Hawkins, founder of Justice for Murdered Children; Shari Martin, Antelope Valley Chapter Leader of Parents of Murdered Children and Saul Zavala, Hispanic Chapter Leader of Justice for Murdered Children.

A veteran prosecutor, Steve Ipsen has prosecuted numerous and complex and violent cases including: murder, rape, child molestation, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking and terrorist threats. In 2008, Steve co-authored the Victims' Bill of Rights, known as Marsy's Law. This act amended California's Constitution and became the most powerful guarantee of rights for victims anywhere in the United States. As ballot signator for Jessica's Law, Steve campaigned with Jessica's father to protect children from sexually violent predators. He has dedicated 25 years as a public servant to protect the citizens of Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit http://www.SteveIpsen.com

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