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Over the past two decades, there has been a steady increase in the tradition of powerful critiques of America’s criminal justice system. Most recently and well-known, these have been Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy to Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Now, Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner makes his own powerful case that transforming criminal justice is the most important civil rights movement of our time.
Krasner joins us via livestream to present his experiences across thirty years of learning about America’s carceral system as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia, contained in his book For the People: A Story of Justice and Power. He brings us alongside him to explore his lifelong journey through the streets and courtrooms and election precincts of one American city to see how our system of injustice was built–and how we might dismantle it. His experience trying to get some kind of justice for his clients in a broken system spurred him to believe the system could only be changed from the inside by launching an unlikely campaign to become the district attorney of Philadelphia, a city known for its “tough on crime” stance. Despite long odds and opposition from the police union, he laid out a simple case for radical reform and won the general election by a margin of nearly 50 percent. From personal experience, Krasner offers an inspiring vision of how people can take back power to reform criminal justice, and it’s a vision you will not want to miss.
Larry Krasner is currently serving as the 26th district attorney of Philadelphia. Krasner worked as a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia for 30 years before being elected district attorney in 2017.
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