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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

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

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

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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