Inside the Legislative Fight for the Rights of Incarcerated Women


Inside the Legislative Fight for the Rights of Incarcerated Women

Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to get states to reform their cash bail systems.
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When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, was a law student, she clerked at the district attorney’s office in Alameda County, California. This was in the late ‘80s, in the middle of the crack epidemic, and Harris was tasked with processing cases from a major drug bust on a Friday afternoon. One arrestee was an “innocent bystander,” a woman with young children, Harris said in opening remarks at a Washington, D.C. conference on incarcerated women on Tuesday. The woman’s case probably …

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