An Appeal to Prosecutors: We Hold the Power to Reform Justice

A former prosecutor says he is making amends for courtroom actions that “harmed” individuals by working for justice reform. He calls on his former colleagues to join him by changing their focus from getting convictions to achieving fair and humane outcomes.

America’s New Breed of Prosecutors

Prosecutors across the U.S. are taking important steps to remedythe disproportionate impact that the criminal justice system has on marginalized communities.

New Breed of Prosecutors Make Progressive Changes

Many young prosecutors are avoiding the death penalty, talking rehabilitation as much as punishment, and often refusing to charge people for minor offenses. While their numbers are small, they are taking over DA offices at a crucial moment as many states abandon the strict law-and-order approaches of the past.

Philadelphia DA Williams Admits Guilt, Goes to Jail

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams abruptly resigned and agreed to plead guilty in a surprise move that ended a federal bribery trial that dragged messy details about his personal life into the open. Judge Paul Diamond immediately ordered him to jail pending sentencing, saying he was “appalled by the evidence that I have heard.”

Do All Violent Offenders Need Long Prison Terms?

Fordham law professor John Pfaff says the country needs to re-examine the way “politics and punishment interact.” In part 2 of an extended conversation with TCR about his book, “Locked In,” Pfaff focuses on what he believes is local prosecutors’ aggressively punitive approach to people convicted of violence.