Progressive prosecutors and scientific pretrial release systems are reducing jail populations, say Jeremy Travis of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. New policies by newly elected Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, including decriminalizing marijuana possession, were cited as examples.
Prosecutors are arguably the least understood players in the criminal justice system, and any reform effort must take them into account. But what do they think about their jobs? Here’s what one researcher found.
The decision is up to a judge, but Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner says that rapper Meek Mill may have been wrongfully convicted in 2008. Evidence has emerged that puts his conviction, and scores of others, in jeopardy.
After half of the Texas district attorneys seeking re-election were defeated in primaries last week, a board member of the National District Attorneys Association says, “Incumbency does not have the shield that it once did.” The question is how many of the winners are progressive reformers.
Defense lawyer Joe Gonzales defeated San Antonio District Attorney Nico LaHood in Tuesday’s primary election. The DA says he was the subject of “$1 million worth of lies,” citing contributions from a political action committee backed by George Soros. In McLennan County, District Attorney Abel Reyna, who was criticized for his handling of a gang shootout involving 180 bikers, also lost.
Working with funds from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, the American Civil Liberties Union is planning voter outreach campaigns in many areas. The Fraternal Order of Police disagrees with the drive’ goals.
Compared with investigations of former President Bill Clinton and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, Robert Mueller’s probe is moving quickly, with 19 charges and two major guilty pleas in only nine months.
Robert Listenbee, former administrator of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will join the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia as the First Assistant DA to Larry Krasner.