Biden’s administration has been receiving a decent amount of heat, especially since gas prices are rising. However, the president appears to be bringing in a new wave of diversity among federal prosecutors.
According to USA Today, 48% of the 43 U.S. attorneys nominated by Biden are Black versus the Trump administration’s 85% white male federal prosecutorial nominees.
Among his nominees are 16 people of color who represent firsts for their districts, including his nomination of the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States, Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Having a more diverse group of prosecutors in the office encourages more equitable outcomes for minorities.
Federal prosecutors are not pressured to be taken out of their position. They usually serve during the duration of the presidency. Prosecutors can be replaced if a different president or party takes over, but that usually is not the case.
“Beyond their roles as chief federal prosecutors in their districts, the U.S. attorney ranks are also important because they provide a pipeline of candidates for key executive posts across the government,” Eisen said.
Eric Holder, a former U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, was confirmed as the first African American to serve as attorney general. Holder was succeeded by Loretta Lynch, a former U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, as the first Black woman to hold the office.”
The prosecutor’s office should reflect the community because doing so creates a culture of fairness, cultivates trust, and allows for more effective prosecution.