Kamala vs. Kamala

Sen. Kamala Harris has changed her positions on several criminal justice issues



photo by sayaka matsuoka, triad city beats

Sources: The New York Times, The Root, San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, Capitol Weekly, Center for American Progress.


“I think it’s completely ridiculous. … It would put a welcome mat out for pimps and prostitutes to come on into San Francisco”

Harris, opposing legalized prostitution in 2008

“We should really consider that we can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed.”

Harris, supporting legalized prostitution in 2019

Police shooting investigations

“I don’t think it would be good public policy to take the discretion from elected DAs. Where there are abuses, we have designed the system to address them.”

Harris, opposing independent investigations of police shootings in 2014

“I believe the best approach is to have independent investigations … so that we can be certain and sure there’s been a thorough investigation that is not informed by bias.”

Harris, supporting independent investigations of police shootings in 2019

Marijuana legalization

“Harris supports the legal use of medicinal marijuana but does not support anything beyond that.”

campaign manager for Harris, opposing legalization of marijuana in 2010

“While I don’t believe in legalizing all drugs … we need to do the smart thing, the right thing and finally decriminalize marijuana.”

Harris, supporting legalization of marijuana in 2017