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 Bronx County District Attorney proposes to strengthen its use of data and analytics, and improve the performance of its Crime Strategies Unit (CSU). They will: 1) test a Precision Prosecution model based on evidence-based principles of micro-hot spot policing to target serious violent offenders; 2) measure the effects of a multi-layered violence reduction strategy; and 3) enhance its CSU by using sophisticated analytic methods and tools.