Sen. Kamala Harris got flattened during the debates and boy did she deserve it. She viciously went after Joe Biden and others in the first debate.
Harris scored a few hits with her scorched earth tactics but the fallout was severe. The next debate was a different story and Tulsi Gabbard for one ruined Sen. Kamala’s night with the truth about her record.
Now reports say that that record has been scrubbed from the internet after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation redesigned its website. Some say it’s a coincidence, some believe otherwise.
The Free Beacon reported that the department removed public access to a number of reports on incarceration in the state, including when presidential candidate Kamala Harris was California’s attorney general.
Twice a year, the CDCR releases information about the number of new individuals incarcerated in the California prison system as part of its “Offender Data Points” series. The reports provide important information on demographics, sentence length, offense type, and other figures relevant to criminal justice and incarceration.
Until recently, these reports were publicly available at the CDCR’s website. A search using archive.org’s Wayback Machine reveals that as of April 25, 2019, reports were available dating back to the spring of 2009. As of August 2019, the same web page now serves only a single ODP report, the one for Spring 2019. The pre-2019 reports have been removed.
The changes matter in part because the reports contain information about Sen. Harris’s entire time as state A.G., 2011-2017. Kamala Harris has taken a hard time from multiple opponents for her “tough on crime” record as California’s top cop, an image that she has tried to shed as a presidential candidate.
The data have been used in other Free Beacon reporting on Sen. Harris, more specifically, the finding that more than 120,000 black and Latino Californians were sent to prison while she was in the State A.G.’s office.
While the change is beneficial for 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a CDCR representative said the changes were totally unrelated to her campaign, and were prompted by AB 434, a California law setting standards for web accessibility.
“Making our website fully compliant was a significant and ongoing undertaking. It required a redesign of the look and feel of the website, and a need to evaluate all of the thousands of documents and other files that were linked to our website,” Jeffrey Callison, CDCR assistant secretary for communications, told the Free Beacon.