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Kamala Harris Is A Different Kind Of Prosecutor

Publication Date: 
October 20, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Phil Willon

Professor and co-director of the Stanford University Criminal Justice Center Joan Petersilia is quoted in this story on Kamala Harris's position on the California prison system and crime prevention. The LA Times reports:

San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris stood at the pulpit and spoke of redemption and second chances, the first of many clues that she is a different kind of prosecutor.

The Democratic candidate for California attorney general was on a recent campaign swing through Long Beach churches, and blamed California's lock-'em-up law enforcement policies for creating a "broken system'' of overcrowded, revolving-door prisons that do little to make neighborhoods safer.


"A district attorney will usually not take the lead on prevention. Historically, they are putting people in prison, not keeping people out of prison, and that's what makes her unique,'' said Joan Petersilia, co-director of the Stanford University Criminal Justice Center and expert on the state prison system.