Creating Models for Community Engagement and Oversight

Dan Alban

Join the Houston Institute and the ACLU of Massachusetts for a daylong conference at Harvard Law School titled: “Redefining the Role of the Prosecutor within the Community.”

Prosecutors are key actors within our current justice system and possess an enormous amount of discretion about who is charged, for what, and the severity of the sentence received. Additionally, prosecutors wield power in state legislatures, in determining how tax dollars are spent, and in prioritizing rehabilitation or retribution in these decisions.

Yet, we know surprisingly little about how these decisions are made, why, and the pressures and incentives that inform prosecutorial actions and cultures. Grassroots organizations, justice reform advocates and scholars have begun to take a closer look at the impact of prosecutorial decisions in building historic rates of incarceration, and are defining a more expansive set of metrics for measuring their performance.

In the morning, we will identify and discuss new models for prosecution and hear from former prosecutors about their experiences and insights. We will then hear brief presentations from economist John Pfaff about his research regarding the impact of prosecutorial decisions on incarceration rates, and from Measures for Justice on new ways to measure “justice outcomes” within a community. Our afternoon panel and ensuing discussion will focus on creating and implementing models for community engagement and oversight

Event SponsorCharles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and the ACLU of Massachusetts
Event Date and Time Friday, June 16, 2017
9:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Additional Informationhttp://charleshamiltonhouston.org/events/redefining-role-prosecutor/
Event Location

Wasserstein Hall - Room 2019 Milstein West, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

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