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NCJ Number: 32912 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: IMPROVING WITNESS COOPERATION - SUMMARY REPORT OF DC (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA) WITNESS SURVEY AND A HANDBOOK FOR WITNESS MANAGEMENT
Author(s): F J CANNAVALE; W D FALCON
Corporate Author: INSLAW
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 64
Sponsoring Agency: INSLAW
Washington, DC 20005
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 73-NI-99-0013
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY PROBED THE REASONS PERSONS IDENTIFIED AS WITNESSES WERE LABELED LATER AS 'UNCOOPERATIVE' BY PROSECUTORS.
Abstract: A SAMPLE OF KNOWN WITNESSES, DRAWN FROM CASES REJECTED OR DROPPED BY PROSECUTORS BECAUSE OF WITNESS PROBLEMS, WAS INTERVIEWED. THE STUDY WAS BASED ON DATA OBTAINED FROM THE WASHINGTON, D.C., PROMIS (PROSECUTOR'S MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM) AND A SERIES OF WITNESS INTERVIEWS. THE MAJOR CONCLUSION OF THE STUDY IS THAT COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES BETWEEN POLICE/PROSECUTOR AND WITNESSES PREVENTED THE PROSECUTORS FROM ASCERTAINING THE TRUE INTENTIONS OF MANY WITNESSES. HOWEVER, SYSTEMRELATED DIFFICULTIES, INCLUDING TRIAL DELAY, ALSO INFLUENCED WITNESSES NOT TO COOPERATE. THE SOLUTIONS TO THE COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS MUST BE EFFECTED THROUGH BETTER MANAGEMENT OF THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE. VERIFICATION OF WITNESSES NAMES AND ADDRESSES, MAINTENANCE OF ACCURATE WITNESS RECORDS, AND BETTER COORDINATION AMONG POLICE, PROSECUTION, COURT, AND WITNESSES, ESPECIALLY IN CONTINUANCES, ARE VIABLE SOLUTIONS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED) (SNI ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Community support; District of Columbia; Prosecution; Prosecutorial screening; Prosecutors; Prosecutors Management Information System; Studies; Witness protection; Witnesses
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