And now it’s really, really over. Today, Kamala Harris decided it was time to accept last week’s concession by Steve Cooley in the Attorney General’s race, thus officially assuming the title of California Attorney General-Elect. Harris gave a statement with a Q & A follow-up this morning in L.A. A similar event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in San Francisco.

When asked about California’s SCOTUS appeal, heard today, of a court order to reduce the state’s overcrowded prisons, Harris said the real problem was the state’s recidivism rate among released prisoners, which she called the highest in the country. “The system is failing us and crying out for reform, she said. It’s an “extreme burden to us in terms of public safety and our budget.” Harris said she’d tackle the problem through “proven” re-entry programs for prisoners.

(For a good primer on the prison overcrowding case heard by the Supreme Court today, listen to NPR’s report.)

Harris also talked about her commitment to focusing on environmental issues and mortgage fraud.

And here she is talking about the civil rights legacies of former California attorneys general Earl Warren and Pat Brown.

Kamala Harris: Recidivism Rate is Real Problem With Prisons 30 November,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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