Independent Lens: Philly D.A.

Independent Lens: Philly D.A.

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Photo: Philly D.A. Series Signature Image.

Credit: Courtesy of Photography by Ryan Collerd. Composition by Tynell Marcelline

This new docu-series details the dramatic work inside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner as he and his team work to end mass incarceration and transform the criminal justice system from the inside.

It premieres on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV and runs every Tuesday through June 1st.

In 2017, Krasner, a civil rights attorney who sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times throughout his career, mounted a longshot campaign supported by activists and organizers, and ultimately won the District Attorney’s seat in a city that has the highest incarceration rate of any large city in the United States. Philly D.A. brings viewers inside the emotional, high-stakes work that Krasner and an ensemble of idealistic outsiders from different walks of life take on as they attempt a fundamental overhaul of an expansive, entrenched criminal justice system.

The series follows Krasner’s team undertaking this so-called “social experiment” as they push reforms such as prosecuting police misconduct and brutality, rethinking sentencing, probation, and parole reform, minimizing the use of cash bail, and ending pursuit of the death penalty.