View our collection of webinars, templates, written resources, and sample research and assistance below.
The Problem-Solving Prosecutor: Modern Variations on the Crime Strategies Unit
This resource illustrates the expanding role of the prosecutor and offers guidance on the development or enhancement of intelligence-driven prosecution through a Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) or like-minded programs. Based in part on interviews with prosecutors, crime analysts, and other specialists in the field, the resource discusses strategies for building foundational partnerships, methods for gathering data and intelligence, and ways in which data can inform and support investigations and prosecutions.
Seeking Justice and Solutions: A Prosecutor's Guide to Opioid Overdose Investigations
The opioid epidemic has presented prosecutors with new challenges and questions. Though the opioid crisis may be the result of various associated criminal actions, modern prosecutors acknowledge that addiction itself is a medical condition, not a crime. The prosecutor is faced with decisions on two fronts: how to address the criminal activity of drug sellers and how to treat the medical issues of drug users. The goal of this Guide is to provide options and to highlight innovative, effective strategies for improving prosecutors’ responses to overdose deaths. These responses range from providing access to treatment to prosecuting overdose deaths as homicides.
Webinars & Webinar Materials
This webinar discusses the solicitation for applications for funding for the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance's FY’20 Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime (IPS) initiative. It includes a discussion of application eligibility and the application process, program requirements, and examples of previously successful proposals.
This webinar spotlights one office’s efforts to tackle the opioid crisis. Tonya Lupinacci of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office in Norristown, PA discusses strategies that are broadly applicable to jurisdictions across the country, with a special emphasis on prosecuting Drug Delivery Resulting in Death and similar crimes.
Part I of the series discusses a coordinated system response to the challenges presented by witness intimidation. The presenter explores methods for enhancing victim and witness safety, improving witnesses’ ability to participate in the justice system, and holding offenders accountable at all stages of the criminal justice process.
Part II of the series discusses the identification, documentation, and effective use of evidence of intimidation at trial to hold offenders accountable. The presenter explores how to admit and present evidence to demonstrate the offender’s consciousness of guilt, to explain the absence of a witness, and to introduce an unavailable witness’s statements via the doctrine of forfeiture by wrongdoing.
Part III of the series focuses on the key principles of witness protection, which include tactical considerations, addressing the trauma to the victim/witness, and supporting lifestyle changes. The presenter discusses the importance of determining whether an imminent and credible threat against the life of a victim/witness exists by utilizing a dynamic screening and threat assessment tool; understanding the impact of trauma on the path to change; and recognizing the signs of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others.
Part I of the series explores the different types and sources of electronic data that are available to investigators; how such data can be properly collected, regardless of whether it is in a physical device or electronic records; and methods to facilitate searching and seizing data.
Part I: Introduction to IPS
This introductory webinar discusses the goals for the IPS project, and shares information, successes and challenges, and lessons learned from past projects related to gun, domestic violence, gang, human trafficking, and opioid crime. Recording not available.
This webinar discussed IPS participants’ experiences with researcher-practitioner partnerships in IPS and previous projects — focusing on the importance of initiating and fostering partnerships, utilizing cross-training between partners, and ensuring sustainability moving forward.
In the fourth webinar in the series, research partners from two IPS projects discussed how they are utilizing — or plan on utilizing – social network analysis (SNA) to aid in action research. View the discussion to learn more about the basics of SNA and how it can be used to better understand the relationships between opioid manufacturers, distributors, and overdose victims.
Sample Research & Assistance
This bibliography provides an overview of law review articles, peer-reviewed publications, and technical reports that examine the background, history, goals and objectives, research findings, and implications of prosecutorial-led diversion practices.
This fact sheet briefly describes two prosecutor-led youthful offender diversion programs in New York and South Dakota, and summarizes general findings and facts about prosecutor-led diversion in the United States.
This response to a request for technical assistance summarizes the methods and effectiveness of several media campaigns focused on reducing substance use behavior for both drugs and alcohol.
This response to a technical assistance request discusses what legal or other issues may arise from the use of text messages to submit anonymous tips to law enforcement.
This response to a technical assistance request examines whether the government can prosecute a witness for perjury in Michigan when where the witness testified out-of-state via two-way technology.
This response to a technical assistance request examines the legal and ethical raised by a single judge serving on two separate one-person grand juries in Michigan.
This response to a technical assistance request compiles a list of steps investigators can take when attempting to locate a missing witness. It includes several Michigan-specific resources.
This response to a technical assistance request discusses the legal and ethical duties of an individual working in a prosecutor’s office to keep confidential a defendant’s or diversion participant’s substance abuse history.
This response to a technical assistance request analyzes existing venue laws in drug delivery resulting in death and equivalent cases.
This response to a technical assistance request analyzes the current state of the law on electronic service of process.
This response to a technical assistance request discusses female-on-female violence, particularly in the context of gang-violence or organized crime, and the aspects of a case that are most important when determining a female offender’s culpability.
Statutory and Constitutional Speedy Trial Rights in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic