After weekend of violence, Krasner defends approach to criminal justice

Kristen Johanson
June 19, 2019 - 7:18 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After a violent and deadly weekend in Philadelphia, District Attorney Larry Krasner is defending his office's approach to criminal justice reform. 

The district attorney touched upon Police Commissioner Richard Ross' comments on Monday about the spike in shootings in the city. Ross said, "Let's not become so offender-centric that we forget abotu the people out there in these neighborhoods who are being victimized directly or indirectly."

Some took that as a shot at Larry Krasner, but the district attorney says he's on the same page with the commissioner, and he takes each gun case at face value. 

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"We need to remember, individual justice in each case. We need to be very careful that what is given out is going to be constructive in terms of turning those people away from crime, either now or in the future, or both," Krasner said.

He says it's simply not true that more criminals are out because his office is lax. 

"The fact is the people who are out there shooting right now grew up with D.A.s who are all about enforcement. They're all about long prison terms and it didn't do a damn thing."

Krasner says a holistic approach is needed to turn things around. He points at structural problems, kids dropping out of school, not seeing a future for themselves, not having a sense of self-worth, leading them to resort to crime.