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Why Oakland lawyer Pamela Price wants to be Alameda County's DA

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Attorney Pamela Price

Pamela Price is an African American civil rights attorney who says she wants to create change in Alameda County's criminal justice systems.

She's currently running for Alameda County's District Attorney. The incumbent is attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Price's endorsement list includes Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, and civil rights icon Angela Davis, to name a few.

Price has been criticized for not having any experience as a prosecutor, and for stating that she would not prosecute misdemeanors, which prompted a protest rally by victims of domestic violence.

She spoke to KALW's Hana Baba about her candidancy.

"I will prosecute misdemeanors as appropriate, with the caveat that we have to look at how we reform our criminal justice system, and part of that reform is looking for alternatives to incarceration."

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.