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A little-known legal tool allows states to override progressive policies in cities.
Prosecutors across the country have begun declining low-level cases in an effort to reduce racial inequity and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philadelphia’s top prosecutor has made good on promises to reduce incarceration in the city. His re-election bid will be a litmus test for the progressive prosecutor movement he helped start.
In many of America’s major cities, the early efforts to reduce incarceration during the pandemic have been reversed.
The city’s DA’s office and its public defender association urged judges to adopt video meetings to speed the release of incarcerated people. But emails obtained by The Appeal show that judges took a much more limited approach to decarceration.
The Metropolitan Police Department has discussed reducing arrests, but it has not formally announced any policy changes.
In a joint statement, they emphasized the need to reduce the number of people currently incarcerated in order to contain the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Son of incarcerated parents, backed by Black Lives Matter co-founders, Boudin will be the next DA of San Francisco.
Prosecutors can help implement policies that are better for families and communities.
Miriam Aroni Krinsky
The state is one of eight that allow cops to arraign people on misdemeanor charges. Advocates and academics say the practice is unjust.
With Chesa Boudin, candidate for San Francisco district attorney
Adam H. Johnson
Court records and interviews with former prosecutors show that internal assessments of police dishonesty are rarely memorialized, potentially violating the rights of people charged in criminal cases and sometimes keeping the records of bad cops clean.
The decline under DA Larry Krasner, who took office in 2018, marks a significant change in juvenile justice in Pennsylvania.
A federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania blamed DA Larry Krasner for a bloody standoff, but the suspect has a long relationship with the government that includes a sentence reduction because of his cooperation.
In California, Texas and Florida, advocates sent letters to district attorneys, demanding that they refuse to work with officers with histories of misconduct.
Lawmakers say Republicans used deceptive tactics to pass the controversial bill. The legislative record tells a different story.
Larry Krasner says the punishment is ‘really about poverty’ and race.
Krasner’s office acknowledges ‘there’s room to move forward and do more.’
Boston’s top prosecutor says big changes are in the works; advocates plan to keep pushing.