Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris defends her record as a local prosecutor and prosecutor in California, where critics say she did not do enough to promote the rights of the defendant and protect them in low-income communities. [19659002HarrisConcernsAnswerQuestionfromCBSNewsomhvorvidthuntroededevar
Harris served as a lawyer in San Francisco before being chosen as California's first African American lawyer and woman to serve in that post.
"When I became a prosecutor and when I was elected as a lawyer and also Advocate General in California, I conducted some of the most significant reforms to date in the years that had been implemented, "Harris said. "I created one of the first reentry initiatives it became a model. It was designated as a model in the United States for what law enforcement should do to be as I call it," smart on crime. ""
Harris also noted her push for law enforcement reforms, including requiring agents to carry body cameras and to receive "implicit bias" training.
But Harris has faced relentless criticism from younger liberal corners of the Democratic Party, whose record as a prosecutor is not as progressive as she claims. A New York Times accused her of either remaining silent or opposing criminal reforms favored by progressives throughout his career. On social media, some of her refer to her as a "policeman".
As a San Francisco District Attorney, Harris introduced a "Back on Track" program to help drug abusers re-enter society. She also defended climate change initiatives and LGBTQ rights.
In his autobiography, "Harris, we are holding" Harris, his fight against welfare colleges while serving as a lawyer in California, including winning a condemnation of 1.2 billion. USD against rejected Corinthian colleges over its advertising and lending practices.
But some critics have argued that her efforts against truancy are unfairly targeted poorer communities. In some cases, parents may be fined up to $ 2,000 and spend up to one year in prison over their child's school absence. Harris later expressed regret over the policy.
During her term of office as a lawyer in the San Francisco district, her office was implicated in violating the various defendants' rights by not sharing harmful information about a police drug technician who allegedly stole cocaine from the laboratory.
Harris stated criticism from the ACLU when she did not support the law to investigate fatal police-related shootings and chose not to further investigate any potentially erroneous convictions.
On the day she launched her presidential bid, Harris had questions about her record. When asked if she had regrets from her time as a prosecutor, she took broad responsibility for the actions at her office.
"The bottom line is that the money stops at me and I take full responsibility for what my office did," she said in January. "There are cases … where there were people who made decisions in my office and they hadn't heard me and I wish they had."
– Stephanie Ramirez and Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report.
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