Prosecutors and the ‘Moral Imperative’ for Transparency

The planned release of seven years of data by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to illustrate how race and gender influence charging decisions is another step in the emerging national movement to demystify a system that has been opaque too long, write two open-government advocates.


Can the ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Movement Survive?

A backlash fueled by fear of rising crime threatens to undermine the progressive prosecutor movement just as it has begun to gain traction across the country. “Never underestimate the power of fear to create bad policy,” Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm told the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America.


The New Pioneers of Conviction Integrity

Conviction Integrity Unit prosecutors would probably say they are just “trying to do justice.”  In fact, they are pioneers in mobilizing a modernized understanding of how things go wrong in criminal justice, writes TCR’s Legal Affairs columnist. 


Can Conviction Integrity Units Get Respect?

Difficulties in obtaining funding and sufficient staff, combined with skepticism from many parts of the justice system, have kept the number of prosecutors’ internal investigative units small. Nevertheless, the units are a major reason for the increase in exonerations across the U.S., a John Jay webinar was told Tuesday.

Most of Trump’s U.S. Attorneys Set to Resign

Nearly all the remaining federal prosecutors that former President Donald Trump appointed across the country are set to be removed by President Joe Biden. Accommodations have been made to allow a couple of attorneys handling highly sensitive investigations to continue with their work.

LA County Judge Blocks DA Gascon’s Criminal Justice Reforms

In a ruling Monday, LA County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant decided that George Gascon’s attempt to bypass California’s Three Strikes Law and order prosecutors to dismiss strike sentencing enhancements is unlawful. It’s the latest round in a campaign led by critics against the reform-minded prosecutor.