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NCJ Number: NCJ 245728     Find in a Library
Title: Prosecutors' Resource: Witness Intimidation
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: AEquitas
United States of America
Date Published: 03/2014
Page Count: 40
  Annotation: This report outlines strategies for effective prosecution of cases where witness intimidation is, or may be, a factor.
Abstract: This report details the strategies that can be employed by everyone involved in the criminal justice system throughout the investigation and prosecution of a case, as well as during post-conviction incarceration and supervision, to prevent intimidation and to respond effectively when it occurs. It is intended both as a checklist of actions that can increase the likelihood of successful prosecution and as a reference to assist the prosecutor in handling typical problems and legal issues that arise in prosecuting cases involving intimidation; it further provides guidance for prosecution practices that will enhance the safety of victims and witnesses. This report contains three parts: Part 1 discusses the first steps that should be taken when a prosecutor is assigned a case in which witness intimidation is, or may be, an issue. Part 2 discusses steps to be taken and strategies that can be employed during the pretrial phase of a criminal prosecution, up through the final pretrial conference. Part 3 discusses trial strategies that will enhance the likelihood of a successful prosecution that will result in a guilty verdict and an appropriate sentence, including appropriate post-release conditions that will enhance the ongoing safety of victims and witnesses. Appendixes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Trial courts ; Witness protection ; Trial preparation ; Trials ; Prosecution model ; Prosecution ; Victim-witness intimidation ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2010-MU-BX-K079
Sale Source: AEquitas
1100 H. Street, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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