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When Former Prosecutors Rebrand Themselves as Progressives to Win Elections

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Mar 14, 2019 6:46 PM 1+ mon ago

From Kamala Harris to Lori Lightfoot, former prosecutors are rewriting their own histories to present themselves as progressive.

Given prosecutors' tremendous institutional powers, we need to dig beneath their rhetoric to examine the actions of these supposedly progressive candidates.

The idea of the "progressive prosecutor" has gained popularity with the 2017 election of civil rights attorney Larry Krasner as Philadelphia district attorney, the 2018 election of Rachael Rollins as Suffolk County (Boston) district attorney, and the upcoming 2019 district attorney race in Queens, New York, in which all seven candidates are touting criminal justice reform rather than "law and order." This trend, a result of decades of organizing that has increased the popularity of criminal justice reform, has former prosecutors rewriting their own histories to rebrand themselves as progressives and obscure the reality that, in the not-too-distant past, they upheld draconian policies and ...

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