The National Network’s evolving model for strategic prosecution aims to reimagine the role of the prosecutor’s office in contributing to violence reduction goals.
The National Network envisions a prosecutor’s office that breaks the traditional mold and establishes itself as not only an important partner to other criminal justice agencies but an independent and effective strategic actor in reducing crime, enhancing the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, strengthening the capacity of communities to prevent and reduce crime, and reducing the unintended consequences of existing criminal justice practices. Such a prosecutor’s office would include the following core elements:
The National Network has typically designed the law enforcement component of its violence intervention strategies through partnership with police departments. However, it is entirely possible to imagine a prosecutor’s office organized to conduct its work consistent with violence reduction goals. This paper outlines a basic direction and design for a fundamental reconception of the function and office of the prosecutor.
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Slate reviews a New York Times story that detailed a significant discrepancies in the way certain judges and prosecutors hand out punishments. NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images
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A San Francisco public defender makes the case that mass incarceration cannot be addressed uless we address issues of mental health.
Washington, D.C. is making our justice system fairer by demonstrating effective alternatives to money bail. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post
The Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program was launched last week in part by King County DA Dan Satterberg. "Its aim is to keep young people out of the criminal-justice system and give them a chance to participate in anger-management and other services designed to nip problem behaviors in the bud."