‘End Mass Supervision’: Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Moves to Reduce Reliance on Probation, Parole

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NBC Philadelphia by 3/21/2021

The new policy directs assistant district attorneys to seek community supervision terms averaging 18 months, with a cap of three years, for people who have already been sentenced to prison for a felony

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is focusing on a new set of priorities heading into his second year in office — ending the number of people on probation and parole.

His new guidelines, unveiled Thursday, echoed similar changes enacted during Krasner’s first year. His office is already seeking shorter sentences and moving away from cash bail for low-level offenses.

“When people are supervised for too long, they tend to fail,” Krasner said. “They lose their jobs, they commit new crimes and we don’t need new crimes.”

 

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