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Elder Abuse: When Victims Balk, Should Prosecutors Press Charges?

Elders are often reluctant to press charges for abuse because they don’t want to lose the support of caregivers—even if those caregivers were responsible for the abuse—but prosecutors should try to persuade them otherwise, say some advocates. “A good prosecutor will do everything they can to try and persuade the victim to go forward with the case,” says Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

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Memo to Prosecutors: Listen to the People You Punish

 While there are good constitutional reasons for barring prosecutors from speaking directly with defendants without their attorneys’ permission,  it shouldn’t prevent them from trying to understand the lives and perspectives of those most affected by what they do, writes a former assistant district attorney.

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Wrongful Misdemeanor Convictions: Who’s Counting?

In most jurisdictions, drug arrests are based on cheap, error-prone field tests, and should the defendant plead guilty to the charge, no further testing occurs, writes the director of the National Registry of Exonerations. As a result, there is no telling how many people live with the consequences of conviction for a crime they never committed.