Source: (1998) Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management in the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.

The authors of this document identify three chief aims in their study: (1) investigation of the practices, programs, and developing approaches of several prosecutors known for their contributions to new trends in prosecution; (2) examination of the process of change by which the prosecutors created and implemented new activities and programs; and (3) assessment of potential opportunities and liabilities involved in these changes. Prosecutorial changes are taking place amidst two distinct trends in the activities and approaches of prosecutors in large cities. First, prosecutors are attempting to develop greater capacities to promote public safety and quality of life through increased collaboration with others in a broad problem-oriented approach. Second, prosecutors are responding to the community justice movement with its emphasis on the responsiveness and accountability of criminal justice agencies to citizens. The authors’ study therefore covers the following topics: an explanation of their methodology; case synopses; the nature and extent of change in prosecution strategies; the impetus for change; the changing shape of prosecution (with emphasis on community prosecution and community justice programs); and discussion of the risks and liabilities of new strategies.