California is making it difficult for primary voters to review the criminal justice record of presidential hopeful Kamala Harris.
The state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation recently removed archives on incarceration rates from its website. Harris has attempted to portray herself as a progressive on criminal justice on the campaign trail, but her record has faced growing scrutiny. Most recently, Harris was called out by one her 2020 challengers on the debate stage.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) August 1, 2019
A state official said the change has nothing to do with Harris’ campaign, but rather to maintain compliance with a California law. The records are still available upon request.
The reports contained information from Harris’ tenure as attorney general from 2011 through 2017. During that time, data shows more than 120,000 black and Latino citizens were sent to prison.
In a visceral takedown, Gabbard charged Harris “put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” “When you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not, and worse yet, in the case of those who are on death row, you blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so. “There’s no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor, you owe them an apology.” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tore into Sen. Kamala Harris,D-Calif., for her tenure as California’s attorney general, saying Wednesday night she owed an “apology” to “people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor.” After Harris’ defense of her tenure as “significantly reforming the criminal justice system” in her state, making it a “national model,” Gabbard continued the tongue lashing. “She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California, and she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way,” she said.
Just as momentum behind the bipartisan First Step Act takes effect the Justice Department has announced an overhaul to the federal criminal justice system.
“We will have done something that hasn’t been done in many many years and it’s the right thing to do”
In a landmark display, President Trump will give 2,200 non-violent federal inmates what he calls
“a second chance at life.”
There is a catch: Offenders must have a history of good behavior and complete the assessment in order to have their release dates recalculated.
Key elements of the law in the plan have already been rolled out. This plan involves a risk and needs assessment program, which is the cornerstone upon which inmates qualify for freedom. The course reportedly includes everything from community transition awareness, job training, and re-offending prevention among other criteria.
Back in 2018, President Trump said this will reduce crime and mainly allow low-level drug offenders a chance at redemption.
“Prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption, so if something happens and they make a mistake they get a second chance at life”
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