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Philadelphia D.A.’s Office Looks at Parole Reform
By Brian Saunders, The Philadelphia Tribune | November 22, 2021
Stoneleigh Fellow Sangeeta Prasad spoke to The Philadelphia Tribune about the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s efforts to reduce probation supervision and improve public safety.
[…]Krasner was asked what his office is doing specifically about increasing violence against women in the city.
“Short answer is everything we can,” Krasner said. “Needless to say, we believe that there are two aspects to it — one of them is enforcement, and we are extremely serious about accountability in the cases that PPD is able to solve. We had a very high rate of conviction on homicides and homicide-by-gun cases before the pandemic arrived,” Krasner continued. “I can tell you there’s some good news on that front, which is that we are expecting in January that the capacity of the courts to actually try cases will increase significantly.”
Krasner also said he sees a direct correlation between the parole system in the city and gun violence because of the number of people under parole supervision that don’t need it and violent crime offenders who don’t get the proper attention.