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Kamala D. Harris
Kamala D. Harris was elected in December 2003 as the first woman District Attorney in San Francisco's history, and as the first African American woman in California to hold the office. She was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term in November 2007. Harris is the author of Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make us Safer.

As San Francisco’s District Attorney, Harris has used her nearly 20 years of prosecutorial experience to focus intensively on fighting violent crime. She increased felony conviction rates, expanded services to victims of crime and their families, created new prosecution divisions focused on child assault, public integrity and environmental crimes, and launched innovative initiatives to prevent re-offending.

Harris, who served as California Co-Chair of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, was born in Oakland, California and is a graduate of Howard University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Blog Entries by Kamala D. Harris

A Smart on Crime Approach to Civil Rights

Posted August 4, 2011 | 08:11:21 (EST)

Across our nation, families and communities face unprecedented challenges. Every day, millions of Americans struggle to stay in their homes in the midst of an ongoing foreclosure crisis. Our broken criminal justice system places an unsustainable burden on state budgets while failing to keep our neighborhoods safe.

And far...

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The Personal Meaning of Black History Month

Posted February 28, 2011 | 20:16:39 (EST)

As Coretta Scott King said, every generation earns and renews its struggle for freedom. At the conclusion of Black History Month, I have reflected on the meaning of her words and how they guide the ongoing movement for greater opportunity and justice for our community. For each generation of us,...

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Karl Rove Targets Attorney General Race in California

Posted October 22, 2010 | 17:10:55 (EST)

RoveYesterday, Ami Bera wrote about Karl Rove protecting Dan Lungren. Today he went statewide. A shadowy Virginia-based group funded by the oil industry, tobacco companies, and health insurance industry -- and run by Karl Rove -- is trying to sway the outcome of the...

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Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse

Posted October 19, 2010 | 20:06:33 (EST)

After years of abuse, Judith finally separated from her husband. In retaliation, he broke into her apartment, wrote obscenities on the walls, tore apart furniture, and smeared excrement all over Judith's belongings. The following week, the property manager of Judith's apartment building told her she was being evicted for damaging...

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Trimming a Little Fat Off the Fourteenth Amendment

Posted August 10, 2010 | 13:09:38 (EST)

It's an election year, and so we're accustomed to hearing typical hyperbole from politicians.  But even the most jaded observers of our politics were troubled by the latest head-scratcher from Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).  The Senate Minority Leader suggested, without irony or humor, that Congress "ought to take a look...

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The Arizona Immigration Law: Politics over Policy

Posted May 7, 2010 | 16:09:02 (EST)

Never let bad policy get in the way of good politics. That's the cynical motto of the growing class of political copycats bent on replicating Arizona's controversial new immigration law in other states, including California.

Arizona's law, SB 1070, requires local police to act as federal immigration...

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Texas Oil Companies Invade California

Posted March 30, 2010 | 16:05:45 (EST)

It is not a headline we would expect to see, but that is exactly what is happening in California as we speak.

In 2006, the California Legislature passed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Governor then signed this law to make our state the leader in fighting...

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The Mortgage Crisis is Not Colorblind

Posted February 26, 2010 | 18:48:13 (EST)

Ask anyone to define the "American Dream" and almost surely, the reply will be: "owning a home." And for good reason - a home is equal parts family sanctuary and financial cornerstone. But for too many African-Americans, that part of the American Dream is still that - just a...

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Finding the Path Back on Track

Posted November 9, 2009 | 10:44:50 (EST)

Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. By that measure, our current approach to criminal justice may need a shrink -- and a new way of doing business.

The old approach to fighting crime is well-known. Police and prosecutors are...

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Saving Public Resources and Protecting Our Most Important Resource: Children

Posted October 8, 2009 | 14:51:56 (EST)

Education, public safety, and the economy: three vastly complex issue areas that time and again are proven to be inextricably linked.

By doing what it takes to keep kids in school in every corner of our state, we can save literally billions of dollars in public resources and greatly...

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Why It Is Critical That the African American Community Unite Behind Sonia Sotomayor

Posted May 29, 2009 | 19:30:26 (EST)

As I watched the announcement of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the United States Supreme Court, I, like many Americans, was struck by the historic picture on my television screen. The nation's first African American president nominating the first Latina as a potential Supreme Court Justice.

Few things have made...

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