Power of the Prosecutor

Since his election last fall, Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s district attorney, has been working to dismantle the prosecutorial practices that gave the city the highest incarceration rate of any major metropolitan area nationwide. In January, on his third day in office, Krasner dismissed 10 percent of Philadelphia’s career prosecutors, 31 in all. Then he told the ones who remained to stop requesting cash bail for minor infractions like marijuana possession or resisting arrest. He released...

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