UNITED STATES – JUNE 8: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions former FBI Director James Comey during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on “Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections” on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Drawing on her experience as a prosecutor, as California’s attorney general and as a black woman, Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled a comprehensive criminal justice plan on Monday that pledges to shift away from mass incarceration and work toward a more equitable system, while promoting public safety and law enforcement accountability. The plan contains many core ideas shared by the other 2020 Democratic hopefuls: ending mandatory minimums on the federal level, legalizing marijuana, ending the death penalty, promoting rehabilitation, and ending the use of private prisons. While she doesn’t mention the 1994 crime bill, Harris’ plan essentially unravels legislation then-Sen. Joe Biden helped bring into law, pledging a more holistic approach to crime prevention and policing. Criticism of Harris’s prosecutorial background has followed the California senator since announcing her candidacy — coming to a climax in the second Democratic debate when Tulsi Gabbard leveled mainly unfounded attacks on Harris. “My entire career has been spent making needed… Read full this story
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