Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"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
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
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
JD, Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1989
BA, Howard University, 1986
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