America’s justice system requires an approach that keeps all communities safe, prevents crime, and upholds our national values of fairness, due process, and equal justice. Meeting that challenge in the 21st century demands innovative thinking and leadership to decrease the commission of crime and violence, safely reduce incarceration, eliminate bias, and enhance public confidence.
As system leaders with a professional responsibility to protect justice for all, prosecutors are uniquely positioned to address that challenge. The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution will support those leaders around the country, drawing on diverse prosecutorial experience, academic rigor, and pioneering ideas with the aim to:
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 four key tools to achieve our goals: