Community Prosecution

Overview

Community prosecution is founded on the idea that prosecutors have a responsibility not only to prosecute cases but to solve public safety problems, prevent crime and improve public confidence in the justice system. Around the country, prosecutors are taking on new responsibilities that reflect this shift—working out of neighborhood offices and collaborating with others (including residents, community groups and other government agencies) in the development of problem-solving initiatives. In many cases, community stakeholders actually help to set the crime-fighting agenda and participate in the solutions. Definitions of success are changing as well. Rather than simply tallying cases won or jail sentences imposed, community prosecutors are measuring the effect of their work on neighborhood quality of life, community attitudes and crime. Working with local prosecutors and national experts such as the Association for Prosecuting Attorneys the Center for Court Innovation provides technical assistance and training to the field.

Expert Assistance

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Publications

What is Community Prosecution? An Excerpt from Encyclopedia of Community Policing and Problem Solving

What is Community Prosecution? An Excerpt from Encyclopedia of Community Policing and Problem Solving

By Robert V. Wolf

The Encyclopedia of Community Policing and Problem Solving is a comprehensive resource published by Sage in 2013. Read the "Community Prosecution" entry to learn about the strategy's components, history, and impact on community policing. To order the encyclopedia, visit the Sage site or the encyclopedia's order page.

Audio

The Evolution of a Prosecutor: Early Intervention Improves Safety and Saves Money

The Evolution of a Prosecutor: Early Intervention Improves Safety and Saves Money

T.J. Donovan, the state's attorney for Chittenden County, explains a new initiative in Burlington, Vermont, that mandates community restitution and participation in social services as alternatives to court or incarceration.

Articles

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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Interviews

Rosalind Jeffers, Chief, Community Prosecution Section, Dallas City Attorney’s Office

Rosalind Jeffers, Chief, Community Prosecution Section, Dallas City Attorney’s Office

Rosalind Jeffers discusses her office’s approach to community prosecution and some of its key programs, including a reentry initiative and community court programs.

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Most Popular Research

Publications

Community Perceptions of Brownsville: A Survey of Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

Community Perceptions of Brownsville: A Survey of Neighborhood Quality of Life, Safety, and Services

By Suvi Hynynen

The results of a community survey in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The survey, conducted in 2010, focuses on perceptions of neighborhood quality of life, youth issues, public safety, and criminal justice agencies.

Video

Why Procedural Justice Matters: Tom R. Tyler at Community Justice 2012

Publications

Community Court: The Research Literature

Community Court: The Research Literature

By Kelli Henry and Dana Kralstein

A review of the findings of 19 community court evaluations that were completed as of the end of 2010.

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