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  Amy Klobuchar’s record as a “tough on crime” prosecutor, explained
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AuthorGerman Lopez
News DateMonday, February 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAmy Klobuchar wants to be the next president of the United States. But like fellow Democratic candidate Kamala Harris before her, and perhaps Joe Biden in the future, she’s increasingly facing scrutiny from progressives over one part of her record: criminal justice.

Klobuchar, who’s currently a US senator from Minnesota, was previously a prosecutor for Hennepin County, Minnesota, which is home to Minneapolis and more than 1 million people. In her time as prosecutor from 1999 to 2007, she embraced “tough on crime” policies — pursuing harsher prison sentences against nonviolent offenders, such as graffiti taggers and drug dealers, and calling for changes to the law that would allow even longer prison sentences, particularly against repeat offenders.

Much of this reflected the politics of the time. From the 1980s and to the late 2000s, it was pretty common for Democrats to join in — and even compete — with Republicans to look as “tough” as possible on criminal justice issues. As Hennepin County attorney in the middle of that era, Klobuchar largely fit into that mold.
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