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Overheard: The Conversation, in Context

"Only a small percent actually ventured out to slit our collective throats with their votes."

—Lawyer Christine Flowers on the nomination of Defense Attorney Larry Krasner for Philadelphia city district attorney, writing about her concerns for public safety if (as widely expected) the longtime civil rights activist gets elected in November. Although crime and arrest rates plummeted nationwide between 1994 and 2010, the number of felonies prosecuted rose sharply. A 2016 Brennan Center report found that 39 percent of the people in prison were incarcerated "with little public safety rationale."

A version of this story originally appeared in the August/September 2017 issue of Pacific Standard.