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The Manhattan Experiment: Community Prosecution

Boland, Barbara
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) In Crime and Place: Plenary Papers of the 1997 Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation. National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Pp. 51-67. Downloaded 25 August 2004.

Chronicles the genesis, activities, and evolution of the community prosecution experiment in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office that now addresses both quality-of-life crime and serious crime. These efforts have resulted in the emergence of an organizational capacity to respond to neighborhood crime problems that are not readily ameliorated by the traditional case-by-case arrest-convict process. What began as the assignment of one individual to work with citizens on drugs and crime has evolved into a varied set of initiatives within the office that in essence connects the legal expertise of the district attorney’s (DA’s) office to citizens in neighborhoods and precinct police. When this happens, official attention focuses on the specific circumstances and intricacies of neighborhood crime, and citizens get a response they do not get ‘downtown.’ (excerpt)


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