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Investigating Violent Crime: The Prosecutors Role - Lessons Learned From the Field

NCJ Number
254511
Date Published
Annotation
Based on the discussions of seasoned prosecutors of violent crime who met in 2017 to examine how to improve the investigation of violent crimes, this paper reviews the various phases of an investigation and provides an overview of issues discussed, along with representative descriptions of the approaches used and challenges faced by the jurisdictions represented.
Abstract
In October 2017, seasoned violent crime prosecutors spent a day and a half sharing their ideas about how to improve the investigation of violent crimes. Much of the focus was on the pre-arrest involvement of the prosecutor, particularly with regard to homicides. Following the meeting structure, this paper tracks the various phases of an investigation and provides an overview of the issues discussed, along with representative descriptions of the approaches used and challenges faced by the participating jurisdictions. The goal is to prompt further thought and discussion in the field about best practice solutions.
Date Created: January 22, 2020