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Innovation First: Using Technology to Fight Crime

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In today's fast-paced environment, California deserves better than ineffective policies
that are out of touch with ever-changing technology and fail to keep our communities
safe. As the next Attorney General of California, I will apply an innovative, fresh, and
tech-savvy approach to fighting crime and protecting the citizens of California.

My new plan, Innovation First: Using Technology to Fight Crime, will combat the fiscal,
legal, and public safety problems that Californians deal with on a daily basis. This is a
call to action. The next Attorney General must be willing to utilize new and innovative
tools that reduce crime, keep violent offenders off our streets, protect our children, and
provide local law enforcement with the resources they need to fight crime.

For too long, the state of California has thrown more taxpayer money at substandard
"public safety" systems that don't cut it. Violent crime is on the rise and police patrolling
our cities streets are dying. Rehabilitation programs intended to re-engage offenders are
carelessly monitored and haphazardly organized. This is costing time, money and
resources that the state of California can't afford to expend.

Given my background as a policy advisor to President Bill Clinton, and my experience
working with Attorneys General from around the country while serving as Chief Privacy
Officer of Facebook, I will be able to quickly implement and utilize new technology and
innovative solutions that will reduce crime and make California safer.

My first priority is to make certain that California's forensic technology is on the cutting-
edge and that our regional crime labs and local law enforcement have the necessary tools
to deal with complex crime scene investigation and analysis. I will also review training
techniques from the California Criminalistics Institute to ensure that essential forensics
training programs are made available to the appropriate California law enforcement
agencies.

Also, as Attorney General, I will also work towards improving efficiency of our DNA
analysis and hold laboratories accountable for performance measures. I will put cost
saving measures in place to prevent spending taxpayer money on costly private DNA
analysis laboratories.

Second, I will create a standardized crime mapping system across the state of California
so local enforcement agencies can work together more effectively and efficiently. This
will allow law enforcement agencies to accurately evaluate crime data and better respond
to criminal acts in real-time. Additionally, I will work with law enforcement in all 58
counties to form strategic partnerships, including building cross-jurisdictional and
regional crime analysis information sharing systems.

As Attorney General, I will conduct an assessment and overhaul of all essential
technology upgrades that are necessary for police and sheriffs to effectively combat crime.
This will include upgrading databases and outdated computer systems with
technologically advanced systems and mapping technologies that highlight criminal
hotspots for officers to target.

Third, I will develop and implement an effective Global Positioning Monitoring System
that would increase and improve supervision and monitoring of parolees. In the past, the
transformation from prisoner to parolee has failed to keep Californians safe.

In particular, the recent Jaycee Dugard case is a tragic example of what can happen when
our officers are not held accountable for proper investigation and for monitoring of
tracking technology. The California Inspector General's November 2009 report into the
kidnapping, hostage holding and sexual assaults on Jaycee Dugard revealed the
systematic failure of California's parole and probation system.

As Attorney General, I will develop and implement an effective Global Positioning
System (GPS) monitoring policy, set training and performance standards for all parole
agents and increase accountability for California's parole and probation enforcement
supervisors.

Fourth, as Attorney General I will work with federal, state, and local law enforcement
agencies to prevent high-tech Internet fraud and identity theft. Internet fraud and identity
theft are becoming increasingly prevalent in our state. Californians need advanced
computer privacy technology and innovative law enforcement to ensure our online safety.
Internet fraud and identity theft costs California taxpayers millions of dollars. With the
proper allocation of innovative and smart resources, these types of crime can be avoided.

As Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer, I have first hand experience working with
Attorneys General around the country to promote a trusted and safe online experience. In
New York, working with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, I helped craft the Electronic
Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-Stop)
. Under this law, sex offenders
who previously had used the internet to commit a crime or who are determined to be a
high-risk threat would have their online usage restricted by the state's parole board,
including making it a violation to use unregistered e-mail addresses. This is the first step
in updating Megan's law for the digital age.

Finally, California's justice system must have up-to-date, efficient computer systems.
Tracking criminal activity and maintaining accurate data will improve legal services for
Californians while also saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Given our state's budget
crisis, improving computer-based systems is something our state cannot afford to ignore.

It is time for to take the state of California in a new direction, to take a new path. In
particular, it's time to stop judging politicians on a curve, especially when it comes to
crime. Crime, coupled with misused resources to fight crime, not only costs lives but
also precious resources and money at a time when California is in dire need of economic
strength and stability.

I aim to combine my service in government and experience in the private sector to deliver
for Californians in this new role, but I can only do so with your help. Please join me at
kelly2010.com and at facebook.com/chriskelly to begin the long process of rebuilding
our broken state.

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