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.
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.
Of more than 2,300 jurisdictions that elect their prosecutor, fewer than 700 presented voters with more than a single candidate in 2014 and 2016, finds a new study. Still, most voters live in more-populous areas that give them a choice.
Kimberly Gardner, the first black woman elected as St. Louis’ chief prosecutor, is taking long-standing racial tensions between her office and the police department, to federal court. Gardner filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging a racist conspiracy to stop her from doing her job.
Wake Forest law Prof. Ronald Wright says that the prosecutors being criticized by Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen are “doing exactly what the voters elected them to do.”
The campaign to obtain a new trial for convicted murderer Lamar Johnson has become a cause célèbre for DAs around the U.S. The Missouri Supreme Court will take up the case, after a lower court agreed it raises “questions fundamental to our criminal justice system.”
Responding to President Donald Trump’s attacks against him this month, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner invited the president to debate criminal justice reform with him. “He’s standing somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania with a typical group of supporters and he is blowing a dog whistle,” Krasner said.
At least one federal judge has argued that violations of the Brady v. Maryland rule requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence favorable to the defense are “epidemic.” But we should be thinking about how to prevent such miscarriages of justice, rather than just punishing them, writes TCR’s legal columnist.