Dean Johansson

Yolo County District Attorney

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In over 20 years of service as an attorney, in both prosecution and defense for cases ranging from civil rights law to criminal law, Dean has always fought to ensure that the criminal justice system provides justice for all.

Dean earned his Juris Doctorate from the McGeorge School of Law in 1994. He began his career working as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento and also spent time working as a Public Defender in San Francisco County and a Deputy District Attorney in Tulare County. He spent a decade working as a criminal trial attorney in Sacramento, representing citizens in criminal cases and litigating civil rights cases. As a civil rights litigator, Dean sought justice for farm workers subjected to dangerous working conditions and sexual harassment, he challenged the inhumane treatment of transgender women in the Sacramento County jail, and he protected citizens’ First Amendment rights.

Dean has taught in the UC Davis School of Law, he is a board member of the Yolo County ACLU, and he is a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He is also a recipient of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Courage Award.

Dean is running for DA because he has seen firsthand how the outdated and ineffective approach to criminal justice long favored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office harms families and communities and fails to address the root causes of crime. Through his service to the community as a District Attorney, Dean will implement fair and progressive policies that will end mass incarceration, make our communities safer, and ensure justice for all.

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