Changing Prosecutor Practices


The Brennan Center for Justice recently released a report calling for the modernization of federal prosecution practices. Since U.S. attorneys determine who is charged with a crime and make recommendations about sentences, their influence on the criminal justice system – at least at the federal level – is significant.

Instead of measuring a prosecutor’s performance by how many people are convicted or sent to prison, the report recommends examining other factors, such as whether crime has been reduced and whether improvements are made in the communities prosecutors serve.

The report was discussed at a day-long conference last month called, “Shifting Law Enforcement Goals to Reduce Mass Incarceration,” where Attorney General Eric Holder was the keynote speaker. Public Welfare Foundation President Mary E. McClymont and Program Officer for Criminal Justice Seema Gajwani (pictured second and third, respectively, from left) attended the symposium.

To see the report, click here.


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