Larry Krasner has been sworn in as the new district attorney for Philadelphia. In a moving speech during his swearing-in, Krasner vowed to overhaul Philly’s criminal justice system and reduce incarceration in the city.
Krasner said he is poised to transform social and legal imbalances in Philadelphia. He tagged himself a “technician” for structural transformation.
Larry Krasner: Trading Incarceration for Education
“Today, We Start Trading Jails and Trading Death Row for Schools.”
Larry Krasner emerged the city’s top prosecutor after defeating Republican opponent Beth Grossman in a November election. He is a civil rights defense attorney that has taken the Philadelphia Police Department to court over numerous civil and criminal rights matters.
“Today, we start the long road towards trading jails and trading death row for schools. Today, we trade fear for sanctuary. Today we start the long road towards trading division between police and the communities they serve for unity and reconciliation and cooperation, all of which make us safer.”
Exercising Power with Restraint & Equality
Apart from fighting social imbalances and civil inequalities, Krasner is also known to oppose the death sentence. He believes offenders should be given a second chance and supported to stay away from prisons.
During his swearing-in speech, Krasner emphasized that incarceration dehumanizes individuals and reduces productivity potentials.
He added the current justice system has not been favorable to all Philly residents – police officers, students and artisans all included. To this end, Krasner noted his duty as the newly elected district attorney is to pursue justice for every individual and reform the criminal justice system for all.
“That requires us to communicate the truth, to represent the public and to exercise power with restraint, with our roots dug deep in the rich soil of equality,” he said. “That’s what we need to do.”
Krasner took over from acting district attorney Kelley Hodge who had earlier replaced Seth Williams.