The great criminal justice reformer faces a major test in the Philly District Attorney’s primary next month

Krasner has indicated that the killings have increased nationwide for reasons far beyond his control: “What happened, and essentially every criminologist agrees that the pandemic, society shutdown and shutdown is so.” many different aspects of what protects and surrounds especially young men have disappeared. “Krasner has defended himself further, arguing, as Otterbein writes, that he” kept his election promises by reducing the prison population, exonerating the innocent and reducing the time people are on parole “.

The incumbent, in turn, formulates his competition as a choice between criminal justice reform and “past those by name like [Frank] Rizzo, ”he said the racist late mayor of the city. Krasner is also trying to turn the support of the local fraternal police force on Vega into a liability by pointing out that the national organization supported Donald Trump last year. Vela, who was that first Latino murder prosecutor in Pennsylvania has pushed back and said it would be “really rich” for Krasner to compare him to Trump “if that comes from a person who is white, elite, from an Ivy League school.”

Krasner outperformed his opponent by bringing in $ 420,000 in the first three months of 2021, but Vega still brought in a credible $ 340,000. Krasner too has to deal with a well-funded group called Protect Our Police PAC, which was largely funded by pro-Trump mega-donors Timothy Mellon. However, the PAC received a lot of negative attention than it did in early April sent a donation email mistakenly blame George Floyd for his own death.

Vela quickly turned down the group that blamed the news on a marketing firm, and said he didn’t want his support. Protect Our Police replied that it did not support Vela, but was “laser-focused”, to depose Krasner.

One Main question looming over the race is whether billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who has donated heavily in the past to groups that support Krasner and like-minded candidates, will help him again. Otterbein also notes that there hasn’t been any public polls here and insiders disagree on how vulnerable Krasner is next month.

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