“In early 2017, when Krasner told the six-person staff of his firm that he was running for D.A., they erupted in laughter.” Today, Philadelphia’s District Attorney is reinventing the role of the modern prosecutor. From The New Yorker: Larry Krasner’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration.

+ “The best explanation for most of this prison binge is four decades of panic, starting with the declaration of a war on drugs in the 1970s. Voters elected prosecutors who promised to lock more people up than their rivals. They chose legislators who promised the harshest possible mandatory-sentencing laws, which took discretion away from judges.” The Economist: A 40-year prison binge has done nothing to guard Americans against crime.