Sac Bee Unpacks Harris’ Record On Criminal Justice Reform
Kamala Harris is expected to announce her presidential run in the coming days but a drumbeat of criticism on her record as DA and AG in California continues to present problems for her in the crowded primary:
The latest iteration comes today from the Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris Says She Focused ‘Almost Every Day’ On Justice Reform. The Record Tells Another Story.
In her book, Harris writes that since her inauguration as San Francisco district attorney in 2004 she has “spent almost every day since working, in some way or another, on reforming the criminal justice system.“_
Longtime San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi remembers it differently. … “She was known as a fair prosecutor,” Adachi added, but “she was definitely a law-and-order type of prosecutor.”
It’s also important to note the nuances in Harris’ depiction of her record:
- She’s highlighting her support of body cameras at DOJ while she refused to endorse statewide body camera policies as Attorney General.
- She is also touting that she “demanded data on in-custody deaths and police shooting be made available to the public,” but she opposed legislation that would require her office to investigate police shootings.
Her prosecutorial background is already prime ground for her progressive opponents in the Democratic primary and she hasn’t even announced.