Ben Lerner looks to reduce Philadelphia prison population

Judge Lerner excited about move to Kenney administration

For 16 years, Ben Lerner has been a witness to almost every horror Philadelphians have perpetrated against each other. As the Common Pleas Court judge in charge of what is euphemistically called the “homicide calendar room,” Lerner has heard and ruled on every pretrial motion in thousands of homicides before “spinning” the cases to one of the nine judges who only preside over murder trials.