Criminal Justice Reform

Kamala Harris Talks Criminal Justice Reform and How Democrats Can Start Winning Elections Again

If Kamala Harris wanted to do some venting right now, it would be tough to blame her. By the time the former California attorney general was sworn in to her first Senate term in January, the next four years in Washington looked much different than voters in her home state, which Hillary Clinton carried by more than 30 points, might have expected when they elected Harris at the polls some two months earlier. Being a freshman legislator is a famously exhausting, unglamorous slog. Being a freshman legislator in a minority party that also doesn’t control the White House means spending your time and energy picking a few of the myriad bad things you don’t want to happen, and then trying desperately to prevent them from happening—while understanding that, in all likelihood, most of them are going to happen anyway.