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BZBI Presents: Dana Bazelon on Philadelphia's Criminal Justice System in 2020
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BZBI Presents: Dana Bazelon on Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice System in 2020

July 16 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dana Bazelon is a Policy Advisor to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.  Dana drafts and helps to implement policies to realize the DA’s agenda of criminal justice reform, including ending cash bail for minor offenses, no longer charging or diverting minor offenses and reforming Philadelphia’s probation system.

In recent weeks, Ms. Bazelon has helped to lead the effort to reduce the jail population as COVID 19 has produced significant risks to those held in local custody.  Social distancing in jail is impossible.  As we have seen on Rikers Island in New York and in Cook County, Illinois, jails have quickly become epicenter of COVID 19.  Inmates in local jails are there because they cannot afford to pay bail, they have violated their probation (often in minor ways) or they are serving short sentences. It has become an important mission of the District Attorney’s Office to reduce the jail population in order to save the lives of the inmates and correctional officers at these facilities.

Dana graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007 and went on to clerk for the Honorable Michael M. Baylson in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  She spent three years working as at the Philadelphia Public Defender before going into private practice, where she specialized in civil rights litigation and federal criminal defense.  After Larry Krasner was elected as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, she joined his administration as a senior advisor In January, 2018.

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