Jan 4, 2022 - News

Philly's Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart sworn in for second terms

:39 From left to right, City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and District Attorney Larry Krasner. Photo courtesy of City Controller’s Office;  Matt Rourke/Associated Press
(Left) City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and District Attorney Larry Krasner. Photo courtesy of City Controller's Office;  Matt Rourke/Associated Press

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart were sworn into office on Monday.

What's happening: The two Democrats will serve four-year terms.

Flashback: Krasner cruised to victory in the November general election over his Republican challenger, while Rhynhart ran uncontested.

Between the lines: Rhynhart has been among the top critics of Mayor Jim Kenney and is seen as a potential mayoral candidate in 2023.

  • Krasner, who has put in place several progressive criminal justice reforms, has sparred with Kenney, elected officials and the police union during his first term as conviction rates dropped and homicides climbed.

What they're saying: Krasner said during his inauguration that safety from gun violence was the "most challenging aspect of criminal justice."

  • He called for more investments in preventative efforts over traditional prosecution and punishment.
  • Krasner hinted he will soon reveal a new program geared toward addressing the trauma that violence has inflicted on communities.

Rhynhart will continue an audit of police spending during her second term, including how the department deploys its resources, among other audits.

  • "My hope is that this audit moves us forward to reimagine policing and public safety, to make improvements so that all of our people feel safe when, historically, that has not been the case," she said in a released statement.
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