One year of Krasner: Why Philly went from ‘the Deadliest DA’ to its most progressive

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is pictured in the District Attorney's Office in Center City Friday, February 1, 2019. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is pictured in the District Attorney's Office in Center City Friday, February 1, 2019. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

During his first year in office, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has aggressively pursued what he calls a progressive “movement” to change the city’s criminal justice system, despite often being at odds with some of his own prosecutors and police force. And within a period of only ten years, Philly voters went from supporting Lynne Abraham, once dubbed “the Deadliest DA” in America because of her law-and-order stance, to Krasner, a former civil rights attorney. On this episode of The Why, Keystone Crossroads reporter Bobby Allyn explains the forces behind that shift, and why Krasner has become a model for other progressive district attorneys across the country.

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