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In the US, the local prosecutor – usually the district attorney -- has a huge influence on the criminal system. The DA influences who gets prosecuted, for what, how long they serve if convicted – even who gets the death penalty. So what happens when the usual tough on crime DA gets replaced – by someone determined to bring transformational change to prosecution?
We’ll talk with Larry Krasner, the unlikely Philly DA; his election and attempt to bring that change to an entrenched system is told in “Philly DA,” a multi-part documentary airing on PBS beginning April 20. Krasner’s memoir, “For the People,” about his life and career up to the day of his swearing in, will be published the same day.
criminal justice system, United States, criminal justice reform, district attorneys, prosecutors, elections, "tough on crime" policies, mass incarceration, civil rights, discrimination, inequality, minorities, power
Civil Rights and Discrimination | Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Election Law | Law and Race | Law and Society | Law Enforcement and Corrections | Legal Profession | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Cultural Anthropology
David A. Harris,
Ep. 135 - The Unlikely Philly DA,
Available at: https://scholarship.law.pitt.edu/criminal-injustice/4