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Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Article by Shaun King for The Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/larry-krasner-philadelphia-da/

Next, Krasner instructed his prosecutors to stop charging sex workers that have fewer than three convictions with any crime and drop all current cases against sex workers who also fit that description. All sex workers with three or more convictions are to be referred to Dawn Court – a special diversionary program created in 2010 specifically for sex workers with repeat offenses, the first of its kind in the nation.

Under the heading “Divert More,” Krasner then instructed prosecutors to avoid convictions if possible and guide cases for diversion programs instead of jail and prison.

Shaun King is a Brooklyn-based columnist who focuses on civil and human rights, racial justice, mass incarceration, and law enforcement misconduct. Before joining The Intercept, he was the senior justice writer at the New York Daily News and the writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project.