Innovation First: Using Technology to Fight Crime

It’s great to be here blogging with you at Calitics! I look forward to stopping by frequently as my campaign for Attorney General continues over the coming weeks and months.

Today I want to share some news with you — and get your feedback.

In today’s fast-paced environment, California deserves better than ineffective policies that are out of touch with ever-changing technology and fail to keep our communities safe. As the next Attorney General of California, I will apply an innovative, fresh, and tech-savvy approach to fighting crime and protecting the citizens of California.

So this week I’m rolling out my new plan, Innovation First: Using Technology to Fight Crime, which will combat the fiscal, legal, and public safety problems that Californians deal with on a daily basis. This is a call to action. The next Attorney General must be willing to utilize new and innovative tools that reduce crime, keep violent offenders off our streets, protect our children, and provide local law enforcement with the resources they need to fight crime.

Details of my new plan on the flip.

You can learn more about my Innovation First plan here:

For too long, the state of California has thrown more taxpayer money at substandard “public safety” systems that don’t cut it. Violent crime is on the rise and police patrolling our cities streets are dying. Rehabilitation programs intended to re-engage offenders are carelessly monitored and haphazardly organized. This is costing time, money and resources that the state of California can’t afford to expend.

Given my background as a policy advisor to President Bill Clinton, and my experience working with Attorneys General from around the country while serving as Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook, I will be able to quickly implement and utilize new technology and innovative solutions that will reduce crime and make California safer.

My first priority is to make certain that California’s forensic technology is on the cutting-edge and that our regional crime labs and local law enforcement have the necessary tools to deal with complex crime scene investigation and analysis. I will also review training techniques from the California Criminalistics Institute to ensure that essential forensics training programs are made available to the appropriate California law enforcement agencies.

Also, as Attorney General, I will also work towards improving efficiency of our DNA analysis and hold laboratories accountable for performance measures. I will put cost saving measures in place to prevent spending taxpayer money on costly private DNA analysis laboratories.

Second, I will create a standardized crime mapping system across the state of California so local enforcement agencies can work together more effectively and efficiently. This will allow law enforcement agencies to accurately evaluate crime data and better respond to criminal acts in real-time. Additionally, I will work with law enforcement in all 58 counties to form strategic partnerships, including building cross-jurisdictional and regional crime analysis information sharing systems.

As Attorney General, I will conduct an assessment and overhaul of all essential technology upgrades that are necessary for police and sheriffs to effectively combat crime. This will include upgrading databases and outdated computer systems with technologically advanced systems and mapping technologies that highlight criminal hotspots for officers to target.

Third, I will develop and implement an effective Global Positioning Monitoring System that would increase and improve supervision and monitoring of parolees. In the past, the transformation from prisoner to parolee has failed to keep Californians safe.

In particular, the recent Jaycee Dugard case is a tragic example of what can happen when our officers are not held accountable for proper investigation and for monitoring of tracking technology. The California Inspector General’s November 2009 report into the kidnapping, hostage holding and sexual assaults on Jaycee Dugard revealed the systematic failure of California’s parole and probation system.

As Attorney General, I will develop and implement an effective Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring policy, set training and performance standards for all parole agents and increase accountability for California’s parole and probation enforcement supervisors.

Fourth, as Attorney General I will work with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent high-tech Internet fraud and identity theft.
Internet fraud and identity theft are becoming increasingly prevalent in our state. Californians need advanced computer privacy technology and innovative law enforcement to ensure our online safety. Internet fraud and identity theft costs California taxpayers millions of dollars. With the proper allocation of innovative and smart resources, these types of crime can be avoided.

As Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, I have first hand experience working with Attorneys General around the country to promote a trusted and safe online experience. In New York, working with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, I helped craft the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-Stop). Under this law, sex offenders who previously had used the internet to commit a crime or who are determined to be a high-risk threat would have their online usage restricted by the state’s parole board, including making it a violation to use unregistered e-mail addresses. This is the first step in updating Megan’s law for the digital age.

Finally, California’s justice system must have up-to-date, efficient computer systems. Tracking criminal activity and maintaining accurate data will improve legal services for Californians while also saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Given our state’s budget crisis, improving computer-based systems is something our state cannot afford to ignore.

It is time for to take the state of California in a new direction, to take a new path. In particular, it’s time to stop judging politicians on a curve, especially when it comes to crime. Crime, coupled with misused resources to fight crime, not only costs lives but also precious resources and money at a time when California is in dire need of economic strength and stability.

I aim to combine my service in government and experience in the private sector to deliver for Californians in this new role, but I can only do so with your help. Please join me at and at to begin the long process of rebuilding our broken state.

To read more about and endorse my Innovation First plan, please visit

And if you have any feedback on my plan, I hope you’ll share it in the comments.


Cross-posted at Huffington Post

4 thoughts on “Innovation First: Using Technology to Fight Crime”

  1. Speaking of Facebook and privacy:  why do the new “privacy” rules force people to reveal their friend list to the entire world?  Heretofore, Facebook users have had the option of determining who could see their friend list.  Now, Facebook has determined that all shall be seen by all.  This is a goldmine for data-miners (as well as employers, creditors, etc.), at the expense of the privacy of the user.  

  2. of marijuana? it seems to me that you could free up a lot of jail space and resources to apprehend actual dangerous criminals if the state got out of the business of locking up thousands of people for victimless crimes.

  3. Your anti-crime plan sounds a little Orwellian to me.  If all this technology works out maybe we can try to get into pre-crime.

    My biggest concern is gang violence and the importation of the drug cartel wars from Mexico into Califoria.  I don’t see anything in your posting that mentions this horrible problem.  Do you want to crack down on gangs?  Work with gangs to direct them to less violent paths?  Have you thought about gangs?  Do you have a plan for dealing with gangs or dealing with drug cartels?

    I think that drug-fueled gang wars are the biggest threat to public safety and every candidate for Governor and AG needs to have a pretty good idea what they intend to do about it.  

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    is, in fact, not too optional as everyone’s cell phone has it embedded, eh?

    So important for 911…too bad Tiger’s wife didn’t get a chance to use it.

    As for the ‘upgrading’ of our crime labs how will that prevent the looting of our tax funds by corporate America and the ongoing crime in our poor impoverished neighborhoods caused by the burgeoning drug trade?

    Too much CSI Miami pal.

    As to identity theft. The person who took 46k out of my mother’s bank account is well know to my family and the bank but they are not going to do anything about it for that would make them liable.

    I think residency in ‘Bama would be a good first step for you friend….

    ….things are little more sophisticated here.

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