What Next

Kamala Harris and the Rise of Progressive Prosecutors

Why doesn’t the reform-minded set accept Harris as one of its own?

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More and more reform-minded district attorneys are taking office as self-avowed progressive prosecutors. Why don’t some advocates think Kamala Harris deserves the label?

Guest: Lara Bazelon, associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, contributing writer for Slate, and author of the book Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction. Read her op-ed, “Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor,’ ” in the New York Times.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.