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.
To address witness intimidation, Hawaii County proposes to develop a coordinated community response that uses a victim-centered approach to support victims and provide services. It will also develop a repeat violent offender management program, finding a prosecutor to oversee the project, an analyst, and a caseworker. They will also collaborate with the Department of Child and Family Services, YWCA, Going Home Hawaii, and Interfaith Communities in Action for support services.