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Who Is Larry Krasner?

A quick and informative look at the district attorney of Philadelphia

Who Is Larry Krasner?

A quick and informative look at the district attorney of Philadelphia

Larry Krasner is the current district attorney of Philadelphia. He has held that position since 2018.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1961, but moved to Philadelphia with his family as a child. He graduated from Conestoga High School, and earned degrees from the University of Chicago and Stanford University Law School.

Before assuming the role of district attorney in Philadelphia, he worked for the Federal Public Defender’s Office and eventually opened his own practice, where he specialized in civil rights cases. In particular, he made his reputation on cases involving police brutality; over the course of his career, he sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times.

Krasner ran for district attorney of Philadelphia in 2017 on a platform of progressive criminal justice reform. He vowed to reduce incarceration rates in Philadelphia by ending criminal charges for marijuana possessions, ending cash bail for those facing misdemeanors and/or nonviolent felonies, and calling for more police accountability. You can read more about his campaign promises here, and see how well he kept them here.

You can read more about his background here. And, go here to watch Philly D.A., an eight-part Independent Lens documentary about Krasner’s first term.

Krasner is currently facing a primary challenge against attorney and homicide prosecutor Carlos Vega. During the campaign, he has faced criticism for presiding over his office during a time of rising homicide rates. (We have a whole podcast about that.)

THE CITIZEN’S COVERAGE OF LARRY KRASNER

The Citizen has covered Larry Krasner extensively since he began his campaign for district attorney in 2017. We have published guest commentaries praising his work to disrupt the District Attorney’s Office; we’ve written pieces questioning his ability to create real criminal justice reform; and he’s even written op-eds on our site.

LARRY KRASNER’S RECORD AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY


Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner announces announce the enforcement of the city’s Failure to Report Lost or Stolen Firearm code.
Larry Krasner | Photo Photo courtesy of Jared Piper for Philadelphia City Council

 

LARRY KRASNER ON THE JOB


Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner
Photo via Flickr

 

LARRY KRASNER AND PHILLY CRIME


District Attorney Larry Krasner
Header photo by Matt Rourke / AP

 

LARRY KRASNER ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL


Header photo: Kristi Petrillo

 

Header photo courtesy of Larry Krasner for DA

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