The annual conference of the National Black Prosecutors Association is in San Francisco this week, and the theme is “beyond tough on crime.”
S.F. district attorney Kamala Harris made welcoming remarks this morning and sat on a panel of district attorneys and U.S. attorneys from around the country – including her rival in the race for state attorney general, Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley.
The conversation focused largely on efforts to combat recidivism and aid reentry. Both Harris and Cooley highlighted special programs, including a women’s reentry program in Los Angeles and the Back on Track reentry program for young drug offenders in San Francisco.
Also on the panel was Philadelphia’s new district attorney, Seth Williams, who joked about the “smart on crime” mantra that he campaigned on and that has also been a recurring theme for Harris.
“I wish I had trademarked it because District Attorney Harris wrote a book – Smart on Crime,” Williams cracked. “I don’t get any royalties from this.”
Williams later said he planned to implement a Back on Track program like San Francisco’s.
Also on the panel were Marin district attorney Ed Berberian, Alameda County district attorney Nancy O’Malley, Robert Johnson (the DA of Bronx County, NY), B. Todd Jones (U.S. Attorney for Minnesota) and Carter Stewart, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in San Jose and now U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
The conference continues throughout the week (.pdf).