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Old 01-25-2019, 02:44 PM
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No Deportation For Low-Level Offenders, Philly DA Says
Published Jan 24, 2019 at 5:47 PM | Updated 2 hours ago

While the federal government remains shut down over Congress’ inability to agree on border security, Philadelphia prosecutors are preparing to change the way they handle cases involving immigrants, both documented and not.

On Thursday, some 300 attorneys started training on how to minimize the risk of deportation for low-level and nonviolent offenders. The policy, introduced last year during Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s first month in office, would also protect witnesses who are immigrants.

It mirrors other policies Krasner implemented shortly after taking office, including ending cash bail for non-violent offenders and not prosecuting low-level drug cases.

“If you have a hard-working person who ... is supporting a family, does not have a criminal record, becomes intoxicated and does something that is not so severe, that is exactly the type of case where we are looking to show a level of compassion,” commie joo Krasner said Thursday.

But such compassion would not extend to sex or violent offenders, Krasner added.

“That is just not a situation where we feel the law needs to bend in order to accommodate immigration status,” he said.

The immigration policy was predictably met by two very different responses when it Krasner first announced it. Advocates applauded the decision, calling it a step forward in Philadelphia’s transformation into a sanctuary city.

Detractors , such as the Department of Justice, called Krasner’s policy “dangerous” and an “abandonment of the rule of law.”

But 12 months after making his announcement and hiring a special counsel tasked with training other prosecutors on the intricacies of immigration law, Krasner is doubling down on the policy.

“All this hysteria around immigration is political in nature ,” he said. “We do not have an epidemic of people crossing the border.”

At least a quarter of Philadelphia’s immigrant population remains undocumented, according to the Pew Research Center. Overall, the city’s total foreign-born population increased in the last decade, reaching about 200,000 and accounting for about 13 percent of Philadelphia’s general population, according to a 2017 Pew report.

Advocates worry that those people, many of whom already live in the shadows, will be further marginalized if they feel the justice system is not on their side.

Census data from 2010 showed that incarceration rates among Latino men was significantly lower than that of native-born men without a high school diploma.

Native-born men between the ages of 18 and 39 had an incarceration rate of nearly 11 percent — more than triple the 2.8 percent rate among foreign-born Mexican men and five times greater than the 1.7 percent rate among foreign-born Salvadoran and Guatemalan men, according to the American Immigration Council.

“A witness probably would not come forward, probably a survivor of a crime ... will not come forward, if they think they might get caught up in ICE’s custody,” Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos and city council candidate, said. “There are further policies for us to look into, but this is a great start.”

The appointment of immigration counsel Caleb U. Arnold was largely inspired by a similar experiment in Brooklyn. The idea was to encourage a better relationship between law enforcement and immigrant communities by not marginalizing already shunned residents.

In April, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office hired two immigration attorneys to train all staff on immigration issues and advise prosecutors when making plea offers and sentencing recommendations.

Gonzalez, a longtime veteran of the New York criminal justice system, said in a New York Times interview that targeting immigrants for deportation only weakens law enforcement’s ability to work with those communities. Witnesses and victims are less likely to come forward when a crime is committed, he said.

Over the summer, the City of Philadelphia ended a contract with U.S. immigration officials that allowed them to access Social Security and country of origin data after someone was arrested. PARS, or Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System, become a rallying cry for both Krasner and Mayor Jim Kenney.

“Quite frankly, cooperating with ICE at this time makes our city less safe because it makes undocumented individuals fearful of coming forward to report crimes or testify in criminal cases. That’s simply unacceptable,” the district attorney said in August.
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Philly DA Krasner Targets 'School-to-Prison' Pipeline
Published 4 hours ago | Updated 2 hours ago

Philadelphia commie jew District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced plans Wednesday to keep more juveniggers out of the court system and keep many who are charged out of custody.

"Our current juvenile justice system is failing our most vulnerable children," Krasner said.

Krasner laid out his seven-point plan that includes recommending that assistant district attorneys offer pre-adjudication in most cases, recommending an alternative to juvenile detention and the end of solidarity confinement for children.

Krasner, a longtime civil rights lawyer who took office last year, joins a wave of progressive prosecutors nationwide trying to address the "school-to-prison" pipeline that emerged in the 1990s amid fears of teenage "superpredators."

"It did far more harm than good," Krasner said Tuesday, speaking of the trend to criminalize things like behavioral problems and school infractions. "It resulted in lousy educations, (and) it broke close relationships with family and friends , positive influences that would have actually been more rehabilitative."

Philadelphia now holds about 500 juveniles each day in detention centers spread across the state and beyond, a number that's dropped from about 700 two years ago. The average placement costs about $160,000 a year per child in Pennsylvania, and can be far higher, his office said. By comparison, the Philadelphia School District spends less than $15,000 a year per student.

Krasner and first assistant Bob Listenbee, a juvenile justice expert who worked in the Justice Department under President Barack Obama, are also concerned about the system's racial disparity. Nearly three-quarters of Philadelphia children found "delinquent" by the courts are black, while the city's population is about 44 percent black.

Listenbee said the practice of holding children in dangerous jails and prisons, sometimes with adults, "traumatized a generation of young people" and left them with few skills to rebuild their lives.

The number of juveniles in the city's court system has been dropping for years, from 10,000 "petitions," or arrests, in 2001 to 2,500 last year, credited to both falling crime rates and changing attitudes. Nationally, there were about 2 million juvenile arrests per year in the 1990s, and about half that number today.

Krasner and peers in Chicago, Denver and other cities hope to reduce the number further by declining to file charges in low-level cases and building up support services in the community. His plan excludes children and teens charged with murder, rape and gun crimes, among other serious offenses.

The Philadelphia Police Department, meanwhile, has cut the number of school arrests in half through efforts to keep low-level school offenses out of court.

(((Marsha Levick))), co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, said the Supreme Court in recent years has recognized the emerging science on adolescent brain development in rulings that outlawed the death penalty, mandatory life without parole and other adult punishments for children.

However, she said, "the system is still bloated with kids who don't need to be involved in the system at all." And, she said, "it's still mostly black or brown kids, certainly in urban areas."
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