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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

Panelists:
Mr. Roy Austin
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division, United States Dept. of Justice

Mr. Brent Berkley
Director
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




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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