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Philadelphia District Attorney Wants to Stop Prosecuting People for Drugs

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During an interview with Axios on HBO, which airs next month, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said he wants to start sending addicts to treatment instead of to prison.

Possession is different than dealing, it's different than carrying a bunch of drugs you intend to sell or deliver later, it's just possession. We are talking about people who are using drugs, the vast majority of them suffering from addiction. I do not see value in convicting people like that, thereby making it harder for them to get a job. It seems to me to make a lot more sense to hold them accountable in ways that do not require a conviction. We are very close.

"It seems to me to make a lot more sense to treat that as a medical issue and get them into treatment to hold them accountable in ways that do not require a conviction," Krasner added.

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