BY DAVE DAVIES – WHYY NEWSWORKS
Defense attorney Lawrence Krasner has entered the race for Philadelphia district attorney, and he's one candidate likely to distinguish himself from the field.
The typical profile for an aspiring DA is a former prosecutor pushing a law and order message.
Krasner, 55, has a background as a public defender, and is well known to progressive activists in the city. He defended protesters arrested at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia 16 years ago and at the Democratic National Convention last summer.
At his announcement in Center City Wednesday, Krasner said the district attorney's office needs to think not just about convictions, but justice.
"Justice makes you safer," he said. "How do we achieve that? Well, No. 1, we have to 'decarcerate.' We have to get people out of jail."
The line drew applause from dozens of supporters there for the occasion.
He said the culture in the DA's office has made prosecutors indifferent to the rights of defendants.