Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $360,000)
The purpose of the Innovative Prosecution Solutions Program is to provide state, local, and tribal prosecutors with information, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) to develop effective strategies and programs to address violent crime and prosecute individuals responsible for homicides caused by illegal opioids. Prosecutors are leaders within the criminal justice system who possess an enormous responsibility within the criminal justice system. Accordingly, they are well positioned to bring the police, the community, and local agencies together to combat violent crime in their jurisdictions.
The Innovative Prosecution Solutions Program encourages prosecutors to use data in the development of their violent crime strategies and programs. As such, it builds upon analysis-driven, promising practices and evidence-based prosecution by encouraging state, local, and tribal prosecutorial agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Applicants will identify a problem to be addressed and may enlist a research partner to help evaluate the effectiveness of their Innovative Prosecution Solutions.
The Middle District Attorneys Office will use grant funds to: improve response to crimes related to overdose deaths in Worcester County; reduce the number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in Worcester County; and reduce crime associated with drug markets in Worcester County. These activities align with the Innovative Prosecution Program purpose of developing effective strategies and programs to address violent crime and prosecute individuals responsible for homicides caused by illegal opioids.