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About the IIP


The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (IIP) recognizes prosecutors as the key to criminal justice reform. As the chief local law enforcement officer with significant discretion, prosecutors are uniquely positioned to promote and implement a more equitable and effective criminal justice system. As democratically elected officials with direct ties to both the communities they serve as well as to the police and the courts, prosecutors are at the nexus of potential reform. By harnessing their power and clarifying their goals, prosecutors can affect significant change at both the individual and systemic levels and can help transform the American justice system.

The IIP is providing a collaborative platform to reimagine the role of the prosecutor in the community. Our goal is to place humanity, dignity, and redemption at the center of all prosecutorial decisions, with a focus on enhancing safety, while ensuring fairness. We are working with prosecutors and the communities they serve to implement meaningful reform and to measure success, not by conviction rates or plea conditions, but based on community-centered standards of safety, equity, and wellness.







Our Work

The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution blends academic rigor and prosecutorial action to form a new generation of thought in the field. As elected officials with great discretion, prosecutors have a unique role to play in ensuring public safety and shaping a more effective justice system. Prosecutors can set the pace for change in the criminal justice system by promoting data-driven strategies, innovative thinking, and disseminating new research.

The IIP utilizes three key tools to achieve our goals:

Practitioner Learning
Action Research