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Smart on Crime gains converts

I talked a while back about the notion of being “smart” on crime (rather than “tough” on crime), and hoped that more politicians would pursue that notion.
Well here’s another one. Via SFGate:

Kamala Harris was sworn in Thursday as the first black woman in California history to serve as a district attorney, pledging to be “smart on crime” as she assumes the role of San Francisco’s top prosecutor.
She said she would not compromise on her resolve “to protect our loved ones who need medical marijuana. Those who need medical marijuana, I want you to know that I will defend your rights and vigorously oppose any encroachment on them by outside agencies.”
But Harris had words for the city’s violent criminals, saying they will “be met with the most severe consequences.”

Now that’s an approach to crime that I can support.

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