PSN subject matter experts (SMEs) will gather data, communicate with prosecutors remotely, and conduct a site visit to complete the following activities:
- Review the business processes to address violent crime: Includes addressing collaboration and coordination, particularly with other criminal justice components, reviewing policies and procedures, and reviewing past prosecutions of violent crime and gun cases.
- Review approaches to gun crime: Includes current practices and protocols for coordinating with US Attorney’s Office, Police Department, Parole, Probation, Juvenile Services, etc.
- Assess and review advanced concepts, as appropriate: Includes assessing advanced models or practices in use and those appropriate to implement in the prosecutor’s office.
Goals and Objectives
- Assess capacity to prosecute violent crime using federal and state law.
- Identify strengths, gaps, and enhancements needed in violent crime prosecutions.
- Identify local and national resources to improve successful prosecution results.
Audience (local personnel to participate in the assessment):
- Elected prosecutor, first assistant, and managers of prosecution units
- Prosecutors assigned to these cases from intake through sentencing
- Lead prosecutors for technology in the office for trial and from law enforcement
- Prosecutor staff who provide victim/witness services in these cases
- Investigators and crime analysts in the prosecutor’s office
- Federal counterparts in the US Attorney’s Office or federal law enforcement
- Law enforcement personnel identified by prosecutors as critical to the process
- Two days of preparation and a two- to three-day site visit
- One virtual meeting with the prosecutors for clarifications and feedback.
- One month after the site visit, the SME will deliver an assessment report.
The SMEs will deliver a formal written assessment identifying challenges and solutions for prosecutors to implement effective violent crime prosecutions using state and federal resources approximately one month after the site visit.
- Meetings with the above local personnel
- Homicide or gun case review meetings, if applicable
SMEs: An expert will be identified based on need or as suggested/recommended by the requester.
Click here for a PDF flyer on the prosecution assessment.