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.
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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.
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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