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NCJ Number: 71037 Find in a Library
Title: Modern Prosecutorial Techniques
Journal: Criminal Law Bulletin  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:(May/June 1980)  Pages:232-272
Author(s): M Merola
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 41
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes eight innovative case management programs developed and instituted by a New York district attorney that have proven successful and that are worthy of study by prosecutors and defense counsel.
Abstract: Effective case management programs are recommmended as a major check on crime. Programs that have proven effective in dealing with major crime problems are (1) the career criminal project to better focus prosecution of recidivists, (2) use of videotaped confessions and witness' statements, (3) centralized case screening and evaluation, (4) standardized plea bargaining practices, (5) routinized disclosure to defense counsel, (6) focused prosecution of welfare fraud, (7) early prosecutor involvement in arson investigations, and (8) use of a special unit to prosecute cases involving violent juvenile offenders. These projects are a responsible attempt to organize and deploy resources in ways that will reduce waste to a minimum and will most effectively achieve the goals of the district attorney's office in accordance with the priorities of the public. The success of these measures depends upon a staff that is expert in the law, vigorous in its advocacy, and dedicated to the swift, effective, and fair administration of justice. With the proper resources infused at every level of the criminal justice system and with a recognition that such a system must be flexible and dynamic, the concepts detailed here can be expanded to involve the prosecution of every case in the country. However, methods must be constantly updated. Extensive notes are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Indictment; Plea negotiations; Pretrial procedures; Prosecutorial discretion; Prosecutorial screening
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