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The activities of a committee can range from internal discussions on challenging issues to public recommendations for specific improvements. The committees often join with other partners such as police, victim groups or community groups to effect change. Contact us for more information and assistance.
What does a prosecutor do?
Former Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland eloquently described the duties of a prosecutor as:
“[A prosecutor’s] interest…in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor—indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones.” (1935)
Robert H. Jackson, another former Supreme Court Justice, articulated important values for a prosecutor:
“A sensitiveness to fair play and sportsmanship is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.” (1940)
What is a statewide Best Practice Committee for prosecutors?
What do Best Practice Committees do?
Why should prosecutors have a statewide Best Practices Committee?
Does my state have a Best Practice Committee?
How can I form a Best Practice Committee in my state?
PCE can help with:
- Supporting prosecutor Best Practices Committees
- Advice for prosecutors regarding training and policy development on PCE’s core issues
- Giving presentations on Best Practices Committees and PCE’s core issues
- Research for prosecutors on policy matters
- Technical assistance and consulting
- Convening meetings for prosecutors to discuss policy matters and to share new ideas