Official Trailer | Philly D.A.
His promise to use the power of the District Attorney’s office for sweeping reform is what got civil rights attorney Larry Krasner elected. Now, that stubborn idealism threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most. Go inside the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic D.A. and his team of outsiders as they attempt to change the criminal justice system from the inside.
- [Krasner] I rejected a long time ago
that the only purpose of the criminal justice system
is to punish.
- [Reporter] Voters in Philadelphia
have chosen a progressive as their new district attorney.
- [Reporter] The most stunning upset.
- [Reporter] Sending political shock waves
across the country.
- I am a career civil rights lawyer,
the only attorney in the history of this city
to overturn 800 convictions by corrupt police officers.
- [Reporter] Krasner's a hero to some
and a bum to others.
[Man] He's never been pro law enforcement.
- If things aren't working from the inside,
we need to bring someone from the outside.
- [Interviewer] What do you think he's trying to accomplish?
- At this point,
there are more people of color in prison or on parole
than in slavery at the end of the Civil War.
- [Man] Larry is bringing in criminologists, activists.
- Everything we do is steady fire, heavy resistance.
This will be controversial.
- Policies, they focus on rehabilitation and second chances
as opposed to punishment.
(siren blares briefly)
- We're in Philadelphia and there's murders and robberies.
Community services maybe not appropriate.
- This DA's office has been too close and too cozy
with the fraternal order of police.
- How corrupt do you think this city is?
- Anybody who's dealt with this office
knows there are secrets.
We need to find out where the secrets are.
- You gotta be kidding me.
- [Man] What is it?
- [Man] Files about police officers.
- There has not been prosecution of police misconduct
by this DA's office for 30 years.
- [Reporter] Right now,
Philly police officers think the scales
are suddenly weighed down in favor of criminals.
- If you're too corrupt to testify in court,
you're too corrupt to patrol the streets (clicks tongue).
- [Interviewer] Who was DA when there were dozens of people
shot over the weekend?
- I was.
- We're tired. And we want our neighborhood back!
- You try and make the right decisions.
I'll live with the rest.
- There's a meaningless, endless cycle,
a cycle of trauma, a cycle of pain.
Some of the effects can be irreversible.
- There's no mass incarceration.
That's utterly ridiculous.
- Not one cop is going to tell you
that he's on our team.
- Well, I suggest you don't shoot unarmed people
in the back.
- The DA's office is not a place
a social experiment should be conducted.
You don't have to destroy the system
to get the results you want.