Larry Krasner Elected Top Prosecutor in Philadelphia

The New York Times

… At 56, Mr. Krasner has never held public office and spent much of his career representing liberal activists in Philadelphia. As a private lawyer, he sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times, repeatedly accusing its officers of lying and using excessive force — a remarkable record for a man who will now have to work with the police as the city’s top law enforcement officer.

Though crime in Philadelphia has dropped significantly in recent months, the city still has one of the highest incarceration rates of any urban center in the country. Mr. Krasner made that issue a focal point of his campaign, promising to cut down on prosecutions of minor offenses, to divert drug addicts into treatment and to ignore, where appropriate, what he described as draconian sentencing guidelines.