Wednesday Series III: Prosecution
Using Evidence to Promote Public Safety: Practical Considerations for Prosecution
Wednesday Series: Using Science in Criminal Justice to Achieve Better Results
Broadcast Date: May 12, 2010
Featured Presenter & Moderator:
Mr. Peter Ozanne
Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety
Multnomah County, Oregon
Peter has also been an instructor at the National Judicial College and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, teaching courses on trial advocacy, evidence and criminal law to practicing lawyers and judges. He designed and operated the nation's first federally-funded law school clinic in criminal defense practice, as well as a training program funded by the University of Minnesota’s Criminal Justice Institute for judges, lawyers, law students and other justice professionals in sentencing law and policy and evidence-based corrections practices.
Peter co-authored Oregon's first corrections master plan and helped lead the development and implementation of the state's felony sentencing guidelines system. As the first chief executive officer of public defense systems in Oregon and Arizona (each employing over 1,000 lawyers with annual budgets of $100 million), he designed and implemented quality assurance and training programs that serve as national models for assuring the quality of criminal and juvenile defense services. He has also published numerous articles on criminal justice, sentencing and corrections policies and criminal law and procedure in national and international publications.
Peter is responsible for advising the Multnomah County Chair and Board of Commissioners on public safety policies, budget priorities, crime reduction strategies and evidence-based practices. He is also responsible for overseeing interagency and intergovernmental projects to improve the cost-effectiveness of the county's public safety system.
Mr. Roy Austin
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division, United States Dept. of Justice
He began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section. Later, he joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where he worked on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases including a successful pro-bono civil lawsuit aimed at preventing racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol. In 2002, he joined the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and fraud and public corruption cases.
He is also an adjunct law professor at George Washington University Law School and the American University Washington College of Law. Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago.
Mr. Brent Berkley
National Center for Community Prosecutions,
A Program of the National District Attorneys Association
Mr. Chauncey Parker
Executive Assistant District Attorney for Crime Prevention
New York City, New York
Wednesday Series II audio and video content
- Brief Presentation by Featured Moderator: Peter Ozanne, Chief Operating Officer of Public Safety, Multnomah County, Oregon
- Panelist Discussion
- Audience Q&A
- Panelists' Final Thoughts: Justice Durham
- Next Webinar and FAQs
- Read the FAQ Sheet that lists questions asked by participants of this webinar and responses from our expert panel and CJI staff
- Read the Box Set papers
Developed for Prosecutors and other Criminal Justice Professionals
- Incarcerated low-risk offenders absorb limited correctional resources, occupy space in already over-crowded prisons and jails, and are at greater risk of reoffending after being imprisoned with high-risk individuals.
- There are over 2,300 prosecutors’ offices nationwide responsible for handling 94% of all criminal cases in the United States.
- Only attorneys and the judiciary have the power to negotiate or order a diversionary or community sanction.
- The seriousness of one’s crime does not always correlate with the risk to reoffend, and jurisdictions around the country are reconsidering “tough on crime” approaches for “smart about crime” alternatives.
- According to the standards for the American Bar Association, the “duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict.”
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