"WHEN LIFELONG CIVIL rights attorney Larry Krasner was elected in a landslide this past November to become the new district attorney of Philadelphia, to say that his fans and supporters had high hopes would be an understatement. Anything less than a complete revolution that tore down the bigoted and patently unfair systems of mass incarceration would be a severe disappointment.
Across the country, talking the talk of criminal justice reform has gotten many people elected as DA. Once in office, their reforms have often been painfully slow and disappointing. Krasner was the first candidate elected who publicly committed not just to intermittent changes, but a radical overhaul.
So far, having been in office less than three months, he has exceeded expectations. Heâ€™s doing something Iâ€™ve never quite seen before in present-day politics: Larry Krasnerâ€™s keeping his word â€” and itâ€™s a sight to behold.
In his first week on the job, he fired 31 prosecutors from the DAâ€™s office because they werenâ€™t committed to the changes he intended to make. â€œChange is never easy, but DA Krasner was given a clear mandate from the voters for transformational change,â€ his spokesperson said at the time. â€œTodayâ€™s actions are necessary to achieve that agenda.â€
Next, Krasner obeyed a court order to release a list of 29 officers from the Philadelphia Police Department that were on a â€œdo-not-call listâ€ â€” meaning that they were so tainted that they would be considered unreliable as witnesses. The police officers on the list had either been charged with crimes or found responsible for misconduct in internal police probes conducted by the departmentâ€™s Board of Inquiry. Among the offenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the police officers had lied to their fellow investigators, filed false reports, used excessive force, driven drunk, and burgled." https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/larry-krasner-philadelphia-da/