A progressive who vowed to end mass incarceration is poised to be Philadelphia’s next top prosecutor
ThinkProgress - 05/17/2017
A criminal defense attorney who campaigned on a progressive platform — promising not to lock up nonviolent offenders and to end both cash bail and mass incarceration —is the favored contender to become Philadelphia’s next top prosecutor.
“The era of tough-on-crime rhetoric is coming to a close as voters realize that overzealous prosecutors have abused their power for too long,” Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed, a member of the Fair Punishment Project Advisory Council, said in a statement. “ Voters are ready for a state’s attorney who will focus on long-term solutions, rather than short-sighted policies that make them sound tough, but don’t result in equitable or sustainable results.”