Criminologists and activists say Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s approach, while unorthodox, is backed by social science. They argue that giving people who carry firearms a second chance may reduce gun violence by addressing the factors that lead to gun possession in the first place.
The state’s pretrial substance abuse program gives defendants the chance to avoid a criminal record if they agree to spend six months in custody. But justice experts acknowledge it’s not necessarily the best choice for everyone.
Milwaukee DA John Chisholm and Wisconsin Public Defender John Reed have crossed turf lines to collaborate in a system of “community-oriented” justice whose end goal is to put fewer people in prison. In a Harvard paper, they argue there’s no reason why other cities can’t follow a similar path.
The massive anticrime law passed by Congress in 1994 is known as a “tough on crime” measure. Its “safety valve” provisions have allowed for the reductions in many federal drug penalties, a new analysis finds.