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    Kamala Harris’ A.G. Office Tried to Keep Inmates Locked Up for Cheap Labor

    Kamala Harris’ A.G. Office Tried to Keep Inmates Locked Up for Cheap Labor

    Lawyers for California also argued that allowing certain inmates to be paroled early would deplete a program that allowed prisons to fight wildfires.

    Ordered to reduce the population of California’s overcrowded prisons, lawyers from then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office made the case that some non-violent offenders needed to stay incarcerated or else the prison system would lose a source of cheap labor.

    In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Plata that California’s prisons were so overcrowded that they violated the Constitution’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Three years later, in early 2014, the state was ordered to allow non-violent, second time offenders who have served half of their sentence to be eligible for parole.

    By September 2014, plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit were back in court, accusing California of slow-walking the process, which lawyers for Harris’s office denied.
    Every problem is the result of a previous solution.

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    That is going to go over big in the primary!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    That is going to go over big in the primary!
    Odd that Trump was pushing for early release for non-violent offenders - showcasing that in his SOTUA - and it was the DEMOCRAT who had been pushing for keeping them in!

    According to court filings, lawyers for the state said California met benchmarks, and argued that if certain potential parolees were given a faster track out of prison, it would negatively impact the prison’s labor program including one that allowed certain inmates to work fighting California’s wildfires for about $2 a day.

    “Extending 2-for-1 credits to all minimum custody inmates at this time would severely impact fire camp participation—a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought,” lawyers for Harris wrote in the filing, noting that the fire camp program required physical fitness in addition to a level of clearance that allowed the felon to be offsite.

    Not only that, they noted, draining the prisons of “minimum custody inmates” would deplete the labor force both internally and in local communities where low-level, non-violent offenders worked for pennies on the dollar collecting trash and tend to city parks. A federal three-judge panel ordered both sides to confer about the plaintiffs’ demands and the state agreed to extend the 2-for-1 credits to all eligible minimum security prisoners.
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    Wow, and it was even reported by The Daily Beast?

    I suspect the media is actively trying to thin the herd of Democrat candidates in order to prevent the primary from turning into a circus.
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    She's crooked as they come.

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics...t-13562972.php

    I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Most of them, I have not returned.
    Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.
    And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco.


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    So basically, it means California, the most liberal state, owned by Democrats is supporting slavery just like the Democrats did back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    So basically, it means California, the most liberal state, owned by Democrats is supporting slavery just like the Democrats did back in the day.
    Sure - is there any doubt that the prison population in California is any less disproportionate racially than other prisons in the country? So ... "let's keep them on the plantation" is not such an extreme accusation.
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    A bit more about Harris while she was a prosecutor revealed by the Blaze:

    Source: Wait. Was Kamala Harris smoking pot while prosecuting people for smoking pot?



    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that she listened to the music of rap artists Tupac and Snoop Dogg while smoking marijuana.

    Harris, who announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race earlier in February, recently became a proponent of legalizing the recreational use of the drug, saying that it is something that gives people "joy."

    Her admission brings up a big question about the timing of her admitted drug use and her time as a prosecutor.

    What did she say, anyway?

    During a Monday interview with WWPR-FM's "The Breakfast Club," Harris said that she listened to Tupac and Snoop Dogg while smoking marijuana

    "I have [smoked pot] and I inhaled, I did inhale," she admitted. "It was a long time ago, but yes. I just broke news."

    She later added that she thinks there's joy to be found in smoking pot.

    "Listen, I think that it gives more people joy," Harris said. "We need more joy."


    So what about the timing?

    So Harris, by her own admission, was smoking pot and listening to Tupac and Snoop Dogg — while she was in college.

    Here's the thing: Harris finished her schooling in 1989. Tupac didn't release an album until 1991.

    As for Snoop Dogg, well, he didn't release his first album until 1993.

    Harris did, however, start working as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California, in 1990, where part of her job would have been to enforce existing drug laws.

    Anything else?

    Oh yes.

    During her time as a prosecutor, Harris was as hard-nosed on drug laws as you could get. And when Harris was California Attorney General, she opposed the legalization of marijuana "as late as 2014," according to Reason.

    Reason's Justin Monticello and Katherine Mangu-Ward wrote:

    Harris is a former drug warrior who is now refashioning herself as pro-legalization. That's a positive shift — but not a reason to rewrite the past or ignore the patterns it reveals in her judgment. For years after the cultural tide had turned in support of criminal justice reforms, Harris continued to support lock-'em-up policies that disproportionately hurt minorities.


    Reason's Scott Shackford also wrote that Harris isn't being forthright when it comes to not previously being opposed to marijuana legalization.

    "Harris has a lengthy history as a prosecutor in California of opposing marijuana legalization," Shackford explains. "She opposed Proposition 19, the first failed attempt in California to legalize recreational use of marijuana."

    When Harris was running for attorney general in 2010, her campaign said, "Spending two decades in courtrooms, Harris believes that drug selling harms communities. Harris supports the legal use of medicinal marijuana but does not support anything beyond that."



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    So while she was smoking pot she was energetically prosecuting people for smoking pot.

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    Yup, she's got big issues. Interestingly though the establishment seems to have settled on her as their best chance at stopping Bernie from winning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starlight View Post
    Yup, she's got big issues. Interestingly though the establishment seems to have settled on her as their best chance at stopping Bernie from winning.
    Intersectional politics at their finest...

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