Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $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 and prosecute individuals who commit violent crime. 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 Genesee County Prosecutor's Office proposes to purchase the NC4 Smart Street program, which will enable it to access the same real-time information as their law enforcement partners, regarding where crime is occurring and crime drivers. This will help prosecutors improve their analytical capabilities to build better cases by assisting officers early in investigations. The NC4 Smart Street program pulls data from police departments' computer aided dispatch, parole and probation, criminal information systems, and other relevant databases.