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‘Making a Murderer’ and the Ethics of a Private Investigative Project

“Making a Murderer” has triggered much discussion about the criminal justice system.  However, it has also raised questions about the ethics of investigative reporting. The recent New Yorker article below…

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Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence Leads National Meeting of Statewide Best Practices Committees

WASHINGTON, DC – February 8, 2016 – On February 4, the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence (PCE) led senior prosecutors from 22 states in a National Meeting of Statewide Best Practices…

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New Evidence in Prosecutions

January 28, 2016 — Volume 6 Secure In Our Convictions: Using New Evidence To Strengthen Prosecution Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence, January 2016. Click here Benefits and Challenges of New Evidence: With the…

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Body Worn Cameras – Tips for Prosecutors

January 14, 2016 — Volume 5 Police departments around the country are purchasing body worn cameras (BWC) at an accelerating pace. Prosecutors should get involved in this process as early…

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Vertical Unit to Prevent and Prosecute Crimes of Violence (2016)

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office (Kansas City, MO) Population: 700,310 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 65 | Contact Information To address the proliferation of violent crime and gun use, the Jackson County…

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Multidisciplinary Team to Identify Chronic Gang Offenders (2016)

Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (Miami, FL) Population: 2,752,000 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 300 | Contact Information To address an increase in Juvenile homicides, shootings, and violent crime in the…

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Restorative Justice Program for Youthful Offenders with Monitoring (2016)  

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)  Population: 689,545 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 280 | Contact Information Through a grant from Innovative Prosecution Solutions,…

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Going Dark

December 15, 2015 – Volume 4 Since 2014, Apple and Google’s new operating systems automatically encrypt their phones. This means that if law enforcement does not have the password, Apple…

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Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence Launches at NDAA Summer Conference

Non-Partisan, National Think Tank Will Provide Prosecutors With Expertise, Research and Support for States’ Best Practices Committees CHICAGO – July 19, 2015 – Kristine Hamann, visiting fellow at the Bureau of…

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Shaken Baby Syndrome

May 28, 2015 – Volume 3 Shaken Baby Syndrome and the broader category of Abusive Head Trauma is a well-accepted and evidence-based diagnosis. Physicians who regularly work with pediatric patients…

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