San Diego, California
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has earned a national reputation as a law enforcement leader and innovator. She took office in 2003 and is the first woman to serve as District Attorney for San Diego County. With public safety as her top priority, her office has maintained a 94 percent conviction rate. At the same time, DA Dumanis has focused on crime prevention, stopping the revolving door to prison, and helping victims. She has also increased transparency and public access to the DA's Office.
Under DA Dumanis' direction, the office helped write and pass California's Proposition 83, known as Jessica's Law. This law tightens restrictions on child molesters and sexually-violent predators, making California one of the toughest states in the nation in dealing with these offenders. Her office is also leading California in implementing a prisoner reform program (SB 618), which provides non-violent offenders with job training, treatment, and wrap around services to keep them from returning to a life of crime once they are released from prison.
Bonnie Dumanis DA Dumanis initiated a major reorganization of the District Attorney's Office structure that had not seen change for more than three decades. Under her leadership, the office established a Cold Case Homicide Division and Sex Crimes and Stalking Division. She also began a program encouraging minorities to consider careers in criminal justice and now, diversity among the DA Office's employees essentially mirrors that of the county's population. Leading an office of about 1,000 employees, including some 300 attorneys and more than 130 investigators, DA Dumanis is committed to promotions based on merit and performance and has implemented effective employee training and recognition programs.
DA Dumanis began her legal career in the San Diego District Attorney's office as a junior clerk typist. She studied law at night and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1976. DA Dumanis served as a prosecutor for 12 years under former District Attorney Ed Miller.