By Jon Dougherty
During her tenure as California attorney general, Sen. Kamala Harris, now one of several Democrats vying for her party’s 2020 presidential nomination, oversaw the jailing of at least 127,000 black and Hispanic residents, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
The data, which come from reports as well as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), very likely undercount the sum of all people who were sent to prison during Harris’ stint as AG in the country’s most populous state.
While serving as California’s top cop, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) oversaw the incarceration of at least 127,000 Black and Hispanic Californians, data obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.
“Still, they reveal that at least 44,172 black offenders and 83,370 Hispanic offenders were newly admitted to California’s prisons between 2011 and 2016, compared to 48,761 whites and 11,182 ‘other’-identified individuals,” the WFB reported.
The percentages tell another story. In all, 23.6 percent of newly incarcerated persons were black while 44.5 percent were Hispanic. That compares to July 2018 Census Bureau figures estimating that 39.1 percent of Californians are Hispanic and just 6.5 percent were black or African American.
That means, of course, that Harris now has some explaining to do as to why, under her leadership, California jailed far more blacks and Hispanics disproportionately, even as she attempts to cast herself as the most progressive champion of racial equality and justice.
In particular, the WFB noted, “She has claimed to have worked to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, labeled president Donald Trump a racist, and even publicly supported reparations for slavery.”
“When you talk about him calling African countries sh**hole countries. When you talk about him referring to immigrants as rapists and murderers, I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion” other than Trump is racist, the California senator told The Root.
“I do, yes. Yes,” Harris, who is Indian and Jamaican, responded when pressed on whether she would “definitely agree that he’s a racist.”
The large number of California minorities sent to prison and either prosecuted by her office or a junior AG prosecutor suggests there is something to critics’ allegations that her claims about racial justice are a facade.
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