Innovative Strategies


The Smart Prosecution/Innovative Prosecution Solutions initiative incorporates strategies across a spectrum of original, promising, and best practices; makes creative use of new and existing technologies; and conducts data-driven analysis and evaluation to pioneer and validate these strategies as effective in the fight against violent crime.

Alternatives to Incarceration

Different types of crimes require different responses. In some cases, court-ordered treatment and services yield better outcomes than traditional punishments.

Combatting the Opioid Crisis

Cities, towns, and counties across the country have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic, and prosecutors’ offices are testing innovative ways to turn the crisis around.

Community Engagement

To achieve justice for the communities they serve, prosecutors must enlist members of the public to be part of the solution.

Crime Analytics & Intelligence

Analytical techniques empower a data-driven justice system and help inform the most effective use of finite resources to maximize public safety.

Evaluating the Approach

How do we know if our efforts are working? Through IPS, prosecutors are teaming up with researchers to determine the effectiveness of their programs.

Multidisciplinary Collaboration

It’s impossible to combat violent crime in a silo. IPS grantees are harnessing diverse expertise to expand intelligence, improve system-wide coordination, and fill gaps in service.

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Promising Technologies & Digital Evidence

Prosecutors’ offices are leveraging technology to close communication gaps, connect the public to services, and build cases more quickly than ever before.