Philadelphia’s DA, #LarryKrasner, just issued a revolutionary guiding document that will likely go down in history as the single largest policy shift for #CJReform.
The first sentence cuts through decades of systemic failure: “These policies are an effort to end mass incarcerations & bring balance back to sentencing.” To summarize the five-page, MUST READ document, points of change mostly involve instructing prosecutors to use critical thinking skills, data, & alternative solutions in decision-making.
This may lead to Philly becoming a model for the rest of the nation – demonstrating what vast bodies of research call for – that over-charging, over-sentencing, & excessively harsh parole/probation conditions are a waste of taxpayer dollars & human lives, & don’t make our communities any safer.
Read the entire article by Shaun King for The Intercept here.
Alexandra Mallick is the Executive Director of Re:store Justice. Her work in California includes policy and advocacy to advance criminal justice reform. In addition to working on legislation, she works with incarcerated individuals to help change the narrative and shine a light on the power of rehabilitation.