Peer Support Programs for Prosecutors (2022)

San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

Population: 2,180,000

Through a peer support program, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is helping their employees and employees’ family members deal with personal and/or professional problems. This program allows employees to talk out problems confidentially with someone who understands and cares, while also ensuring that legal guidelines are followed.

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Helping Jurors Address Post Trial Trauma (2021)

Office of the Platte County Prosecutor, Platte County MO

Population: 102,848 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 13

The Platte County Prosecutor’s Office provides information connecting jurors with free mental health services after deliberating in difficult cases. In partnership with a local mental health provider, Platte County prosecutors developed a card that is handed out to jurors at the conclusion of a trial. The card directs jurors directly to a local mental health provider in order to access care related to trial trauma.

Procedural Justice Training for Prosecutors (2021)

Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association (Harrisburg, PA)

State Population: 13,002,700 | Contact Information

In partnership with the Villanova law school, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association launched a four-part virtual briefing series on procedural justice in March of 2021. Presentations were built upon the four pillars of procedural justice – fairness in the process, transparency in actions, opportunities for a voice, and impartiality in decision making.

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Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Commons Data Transparency Portal (2021)

Yolo County District Attorney’s Office (Woodland, CA)

Population: 220,410 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 42 | Contact Information

Created with nonprofit Measures for Justice, the Commons Data Transparency Portal aims to be transparent about the work of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and to influence policy. The office collaborated with the Yolo Multi-Cultural Community Council to determine what data would be valuable to the community and how data should be presented to empower the community to consume information easily and effectively.

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Philadelphia District Attorney’s DATA Lab (2019)

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (Philadelphia, PA)

Population: 1,603,797 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 300 | Contact Information

In November of 2019, the DATA (District Attorney’s Transparency Analytics) Lab was established in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office with the launch of a data dashboard. In 2020, the lab expanded with foundation support and was tasked with serving as a help desk; operational support; policy development, implementation, and evaluation support; and an in-house think tank and research partner.

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King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Data Dashboard (2020)

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (King County, WA)

Population: 2,269,675 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 294 | Contact Information

Utilizing the office’s Prosecutor by Karpel case management system to examine data, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office published a public data dashboard using Microsoft Power BI. The dashboard aims to reach those in the community that may not have any knowledge of the criminal justice system and includes educational elements like explanations of the criminal justice process and a glossary of legal terms.

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Florida State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Data Dashboard (2020)

Office of the State Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville, FL)

Population: 1,265,632 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 110 | Contact Information

Created with Florida International University and Loyola University of Chicago, the Office of the State Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit‘s data dashboard was published in December of 2020 and focuses on prosecutorial performance indicators (PPIs). These PPIs include capacity and efficiency, community safety and well-being, and fairness and justice.

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Diverse Perspectives Key to Jackson County Community Advisory Board (2021)

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office (Kansas City, MO)

Population: 700,310 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 75 | Contact Information

With a focus on the urban core of the jurisdiction, the Jackson County Prosecutor Community Advisory Board consists of nine people of varying levels of expertise in the legal field, including a person who had been wrongfully convicted of a crime in the jurisdiction more than twenty years ago.

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Small Virginia Office Uses Community Volunteers in Advisory Board  (2020)

Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney (City of Alexandria, VA)

Population: 160,505 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 14 | Contact Information

In the summer of 2020, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office initiated plans for a community advisory board by seeking applications online from constituents. As a relatively small office, much of the recruitment for the board was handled directly by the office’s elected prosecutor, Bryan Porter.

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