Last updated on: 7/17/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Kamala Harris, JD Biography

Title:
United States Senator (D-CA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“As a career law enforcement official, I have opposed the death penalty because it is immoral, discriminatory, ineffective, and a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars…

Black and Latino defendants are far more likely to be executed than their white counterparts. Poor defendants without a team of lawyers are far more likely to enter death row than those with strong representation. Your race or your bank account shouldn’t determine your sentence.

It is also a waste of taxpayer money. The California Legislative Analyst’s office estimates that California would save $150 million a year if it replaced the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole. That’s money that could go into schools, health care, or restorative justice programs.”

“Senator Kamala Harris on California Death Penalty Moratorium,” harris.senate.gov, Mar. 13, 2019

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-CA), Jan. 2017-present
  • 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, Jan. 3, 2011-Jan. 2017
  • District Attorney, San Francisco (CA), 2003-2011
  • Former Rodel Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Former Board member, California District Attorneys Association
  • Former Vice President, National District Attorneys Association
  • Managing Attorney, Career Criminal Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, 1998-2003
  • Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, 1990-1998
Education:
  • JD, Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1989
  • BA, Howard University, 1986
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @SenKamalaHarris
  • She is the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office of Attorney General in the history of California.
  • Recipient, Thurgood Marshall Award, National Black Prosecutors Association
  • Named as one of “America’s 20 Most Powerful Women” by Newsweek
  • Named as one of the “100 Most Influential African Americans” by Ebony Magazine
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?