NET Nebraska | Philly D.A.

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April 13, 2021
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Join NET Nebraska for a screening of the first episode of the new series "Philly D.A.," followed by a panel discussion featuring:

- Ted Passon, "Philly D.A." Producer and Director

- James G. Jones, Jr., Executive Director of the Community Justice Center

- Sarah Newell, Attorney with the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy

- Bill Kelly, NET Senior Producer (moderator)

About the Film

In 2017, Philadelphia had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long shot campaign to become District Attorney—and won—he pledged to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. With unprecedented access to Krasner’s office, Philly D.A. explores over the course of eight episodes the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of one man attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.

"Philly D.A." premieres on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 8pm CT (check local listings) on NET,, and the PBS Video App. For more information, visit

Video Descriptions

PHILLYDA ILPOPUP Onscreen StartingSoon

Welcome to OVEE

Filmmaker Introduction

LaTonya Myers introduces Philly D.A. episode1.

Philly D.A. Episode 1

Doc series goes behind the scenes of the election and tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney.


74min 27sec


  • Maggie Berndt

    Community Engagement Manager for NET, Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations


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    Ted Passon


    Ted Passon is an award-winning director and video artist. He has directed episodic series for Netflix and Disney. He is a 2016 Sundance Lab Fellow, a recipient of the Pew Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, and a 2016 Headlands Artist in Residency. He has exhibited his award-winning short films in festivals and galleries around the US and abroad including exhibitions by the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and 96 Gillespie in London.

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    James G. Jones, Jr.


    Jim serves as the Executive Director and Senior Trainer of the Community Justice Center (CJC). His primary interests include crime victim’s issues, corrections, juvenile justice, and youth policy. His passion to give back to the community, by helping crime victims while holding offenders accountable came from his own experiences with victimization. In October 1989, Jim was arrested for robbery and served a sentence in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Jim was released in 1992 and enrolled in college, earning an associate’s degree in Drug & Alcohol Counseling and Youth Specialization. In 1995, while working at the Lincoln Action Program (LAP), Jim took an existing youth prison program and redesigned it into a unique Crime Victims/Youthful Offenders program called “Victims First Team.” The Team was made up of juvenile offenders who assisted surrogate crime victims around their homes and businesses to rectify the harm from crime. The youth would clean up graffiti, help domestic violence victims relocate or perform manual labor following a crime. These young people would hear directly from crime victims and see the real cost of crime up front – the emotional, physical and financial damage caused by crime to individuals and communities. The program held young offenders accountable while building their competencies and improved public safety. In 1999 he attended Basic and Advance Training for Restorative Trainers with the Balance and Restorative Justice Project (BARJ) at Florida Atlantic University, sponsored by the US Justice Department, National Institute of Corrections; Jim also attended the National Victims Assistance Academy “2000” at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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    Sarah Newell


    Sarah Newell is a 2001 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Arts and Sciences and a 2005 graduate of the University of Nebraska Law College; she graduated from both with high distinction. Before starting her legal career, Sarah worked for the Nebraska Legislature in several different capacities and served as a mental health technician at CenterPointe’s dual diagnosis youth residential treatment center. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Nebraska Supreme Court Justice William Connolly before joining the Lancaster County Public Defenders’ Office where she practiced until 2013, handling cases ranging from juvenile court and mental health commitments, to misdemeanor and felony jury trials and appeals. Since 2013, she has practiced at the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy, a state agency that provides indigent defense to high-profile, serious felonies across the State, including capital cases. She is the current President of the Robert Van Pelt Chapter of the American Inns of Court, former President of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and member of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

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    Bill Kelly


    Bill Kelly oversees the development, research, and writing of television documentaries and radio news reporting for NET Television and Radio, Nebraska’s public broadcasting service. The diverse list of topics Kelly pursued reflects his wide range of interests. Most recently programs focused on small, rural law enforcement agencies and, in 2019, the devastating floods in Nebraska. He has a special interest in covering the courts and criminal justice system. Three of his documentaries focused on the value and risks of high-tech crime scene investigation methods. Over the years he’s delved into the use of biocontainment facilities to treat Ebola patients, the impact of legalized marijuana on the region, the history of the death penalty, presidential politics in the 1960’s, the power and beauty of steam locomotives, a visit to modern-day Cuba, and the early, historic days of local television.

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