FLASHBACK, 2013 | Kamala Harris Mocks Progressive Protesters Who Want "More Schools, Less Jails" | Video | RealClearPolitics

FLASHBACK, 2013 | Kamala Harris Mocks Progressive Protesters Who Want "More Schools, Less Jails"

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Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris mocked criminal justice reformers and those who want to shift money from police to education as unrealistic during a speech to 2013's Chicago Ideas Festival.

"We run around with the signs and say, "Build more schools, less jails!' "Build more schools, less jails!' 'Put money into education, not prisons,'" she said, laughing. "There's a fundamental problem with that approach, in my opinion."

"Crime does occur, especially violent crime and serious crime. There should be a broad consensus that there should serious, swift, and severe consequences to crime," she said.


KAMALA HARRIS, 2013: I say with all love and warmth, that part of the concern also for people who are progressive thinking and liberal-minded or just 'fix it! fix it!' is that we all have these posters in our closet on a stick that we sometimes cart out to talk about criminal justice policy, and those statistics you heard...

And we run around with the signs and say, "Build more schools, less jails!' "Build more schools, less jails!' 'Put money into education, not prisons.'

There's a fundamental problem with that approach, in my opinion, and it is this: I agree with that conceptually, but you have not addressed the reason I have three padlocks on my door.

So part of the discussion about criminal justice reform has to be an acknowledgment that crime does occur, especially violent crime and serious crime. There should be a broad consensus that there should serious, swift, and severe consequences to crime.


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CIW: Criminal Justice: Kamala Harris from Chicago Ideas on Vimeo.

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