Just yesterday, I was taking a look at the spiraling murder rate (along with other violent crimes and gang activity) in Philadelphia and the responses from some residents who are reaching the boiling point over these conditions. As part of that analysis, I identified the person responsible for addressing these problems as Mayor Jim Kenney and pointed to some of his policies and decisions that don’t seem to be helping matters.
While it’s still clearly true that the captain is responsible when the ship hits an iceberg, and Kenney is the one in charge, there seems to be more to this story than first met my eye. A helpful reader who lives in the Philadelphia area was nice enough to drop me a line and point out that media analysts in the city have also been warning of problems coming out of the office of their most recent District Attorney, Larry Krasner. For evidence, we are pointed to a warning issued by Philadelphia Magazine opinion writer James D. Schultz back in June of last year. Schultz was already alarmed by the rising violent crime rates (which have only gotten worse since then) and said that this dangerous trend was entirely predictable. And the explanation is found in the campaign that was run by the new DA and the policies he put in place after taking office.
It was an interesting social experiment: What happens in a major metropolitan city like Philadelphia when you elect a district attorney whose primary goal is releasing criminals rather than prosecuting them?
The results, however, were all too predictable.
This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.
When he was running for district attorney, Larry Krasner, supported by a PAC funded by George Soros, made his commitment to social reform and reducing the inmate population quite clear. He promised to fundamentally transform the city’s criminal justice system.