At first, Harris thought the way to rectify injustice was to work as a lawyer. But after years of service as an assistant prosecutor, she realized that she didn’t have to wait for someone else to take the lead to make positive change. She began thinking about running for an elected office.
Harris has spent much of her career working to reform the criminal justice system. She recognized that many people need help more than punishment, so she made it her goal to help both the victims of crime and the victims of a broken criminal justice system. She knew that the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—and that the so-called war on drugs just criminalized a public health crisis.
Ready to learn more about what makes the Vice President tick? Our Instaread on Harris’s memoir, The Truths We Hold, is a great place to start.