The Changing Role of the American Prosecutor

The Changing Role of the American Prosecutor

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State University of New York Press


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The Changing Role of the American Prosecutor

Looks at how prosecution of offenders is evolving in the contemporary legal milieu.

Leading prosecution researchers throughout the United States are brought together in this book to illuminate the new environment of prosecution in America, the prosecution of troubling and emerging crime problems, prosecutorial problem-solving and community prosecution, and the future of prosecution in the twenty-first century. The contributors explore how American prosecutors are moving away from a traditional, reactive approach to the crime problem, and, instead, how they are developing creative problem-solving strategies for dealing with crime and disorder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791475928
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/09/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John L. Worrall is Professor of Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas and the author of many books, including Crime Control in America: An Assessment of the Evidence and Criminal Procedure: From First Contact to Appeal.

M. Elaine Nugent-Borakove is Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation at the American Prosecutors Research Institute.

Table of Contents


1. Prosecution in America: A Historical and Comparative Account
John L. Worrall

The New Prosecutorial Environment

2. The State’s Role in Prosecutorial Politics
Kay Levine

3. Prosecution Policy and Errors of Justice
Brian Forst

4. Have Sentencing Reforms Displaced Discretion over Sentencing from Judges to Prosecutors?
Rodney L. Engen

5. Performance Measures and Accountability
M. Elaine Nugent-Borakove

Prosecuting Troublesome and Emerging Crime Problems

6. Prosecutors and Treatment Diversion: The Brooklyn (NY) Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison Program
Steven Belenko, Hung-En Sung, Anne J. Swern, and Caroline R. Donhauser

7. Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Changing Role of the U.S. Attorney’s Office
Scott H. Decker and Jack McDevitt

8. Anticipatory Prosecution in Terrorism-Related Cases
Robert Chesney

Community Prosecution and Problem Solving

9. Evolving Strategies in 20th-Century American Prosecution
Catherine M. Coles

10. Community Prosecution: Rhetoric or Reality?
M. Elaine Nugent-Borakove and Patricia L. Fanflik

11. Prosecutors in Problem-Solving Courts
John L. Worrall

Future Challenges

12. The Future of Local Prosecution in America
Judith N. Phelan and Michael D. Schrunk


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