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Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience

Community Justice 2014 Draws International Audience

Participants from more than 75 U.S. jurisdictions and 10 countries gathered in San Francisco for Community Justice 2014, an international summit on how to reduce crime and incarceration while improving public trust in justice.

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Register Now: Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit II

Register Now: Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit II

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation, will host the Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit II highlighting 10 innovative criminal justice practices on Feb. 19 to 21, 2013 in Miami, FL. To find out more, download the flier or visit APAinc.org.

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Testing Community Prosecution in England and Wales

Testing Community Prosecution in England and Wales

LONDON, December 2009 — The Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales has launched a year-long community prosecutor pilot initiative in sites across the country.

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Community Prosecution in South Africa

In 2006, South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority launched a community prosecution pilot program in each of the country’s nine provinces, in areas that together account for some of the highest crime levels in South Africa.

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National Survey Indicates Institutionalization of Community Prosecution Principles

Community prosecution techniques are becoming "business as usual" around the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. In fact, this approach emphasizing neighborhood knowledge and creative, prevention-oriented approaches to public safety problems has become part of the way the majority of prosecutors do business, a study has found.

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Alcohol-Related Violations in Denver

Community prosecutors in Denver have developed an expertise in the area of dealing with alcohol-related violations. That expertise was developed through their work in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where crimes connected to alcohol are a top priority for stakeholders. Here’s how prosecutors addressed the problem.

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An Easier Way to Obtain a Warrant in Portland

Since its launching in 1990, the Multnomah County’s Neighborhood D.A. Program has tackled numerous problems, among them: graffiti, gangs, illegal camping, chronic truancy, car prowls, pan-handling and elder abuse. What follows is a description of one strategy the office employed to address public-safety concerns.

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Ask The Experts: A Roundtable on Community Prosecution, Part 1

Ask The Experts: A Roundtable on Community Prosecution, Part 1

A "virtual roundtable" of experts answers questions about community prosecution: How would you define community prosecution? How do community prosecutors communicate effectively with stakeholders? What kinds of problems have community prosecution programs addressed effectively?

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Ask The Experts: A Roundtable on Community Prosecution, Part 2

A "virtual roundtable" of experts answers questions about community prosecution: Is there a ‘right’ way to organize a community prosecution program? How can a prosecutor get his or her office more involved in community prosecution efforts? How important is it to develop partnerships with local police? What are some considerations to be kept in mind when hiring for community prosecution programs?

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Ask The Experts: A Roundtable on Community Prosecution, Part 3

A "virtual roundtable" of experts answers questions about community prosecution: What are some ways the community gets involved in community prosecution programs? How can a community court fit into a community prosecution strategy? What are some of the challenges of planning and implementing a community prosecution program? How do you measure the effectiveness of a prosecution program?

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Burglary of Vehicles in Austin

Eric McDonald had been on the job for only six months when Austin District Attorney Ronald Earle asked him to work as the neighborhood district attorney in the downtown area. Feedback from community meetings, the crime advisory board, a survey and police data then led McDonald to focus on burglaries of vehicles as a top priority.

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Community Prosecution Strategies: Three Examples

One of the hallmarks of community prosecution programs is the search for new solutions to neighborhood problems. Here are three examples of community prosecution programs in action, excerpted from "Prosecution in the Community: A Study of Emergent Strategies," by Catherine M. Coles and George L. Kelling, from September 1998.

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Community Prosecutors as Ambassadors in Indianapolis

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said community prosecutors in effect serve as “emissaries” for the entire office. “We have over 130 prosecutors and most only venture out of the main office, or the city-county building where the courts are located, to look at crime scenes or go out and investigate with law enforcement,” Brizzi said. In comparison, “the community prosecutors are ambassadors. They’re interacting with the public and I think generating a very positive image for the office, which translates into better cooperation with law enforcement.”

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Denver’s Community Justice Councils

Since launching its community prosecution program in 1996, the Denver District Attorney’s Office has been able to sustain a far-reaching program on a relatively tight budget. The key has been to leverage scarce resources both in and outside the office. Probably the most important way that the office has leveraged resources is by encouraging the community to play an active leadership role.

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Denver’s “Dots” Program

Regardless of which groups the prosecutor’s office partners with, it helps to have tools for identifying local priorities and concerns. The Denver District Attorney’s Office Community Justice Unit has developed just such a tool, which it calls the “dots exercise.”

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