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NCJ Number: NCJ 244457     Find in a Library
Title: Implementing a Geographic Community-Based Prosecution Model in Philadelphia
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): R. Seth Williams ; Will Stewart
Corporate Author: Assoc of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2013
Page Count: 17
  Annotation: This study examined a pilot geographic prosecution model in Philadelphia.
Abstract: Results show that this pilot program, which began in two of the most violent police districts in the city, has been benefitted by the regional knowledge of the prosecutors assigned to these zones. Zone courts went into effect in Philadelphia in November 2010. The transition was remarkably smooth, and only small adjustments were needed to fine tune the process. All of the stakeholders, including ADAs, public defenders, judges, police officers, and court staff quickly acclimated to the new system. By implementing other strategies which create more efficiency or effectiveness within the office and criminal justice system, more prosecutorial resources were able to be diverted to violent crime and community-based prosecution efforts. This implemented geographic community-based prosecution, having transformed the workings of Philadelphia’s courts and prosecutor’s office, remains the core foundation of the system. Zone courts were essential to maximizing the benefits of the innovative programs that were implemented over the past few years, and future reforms will further build upon zone courts. Graphs and charts
Main Term(s): Prosecution model ; Philadelphia Justice Improvemt Model
Index Term(s): Target groups ; Geographic distribution of crime ; Court research ; BJA grant-related documents ; Crime Mapping
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2011-DP-BX-K051
Sale Source: Assoc of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
1615 L St. NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model) ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Prosecutor's Report V
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