The Progressive Prosecutor's Handbook

David Alan Sklansky

Stanford University

February 13, 2017

UC Davis Law Review Online, Forthcoming

A growing number of chief prosecutors are winning office by pledging a more thoughtful and evenhanded approach to criminal justice—an approach more attentive to racial disparities, the risk of wrongful conviction, the problem of police violence, and the harms of mass incarceration. But there is no roadmap for progressive prosecutors, no consensus set of “best practices” for elected prosecutors who want to make criminal justice not just more effective but also fairer and more humane. This short essay starts to develop such a roadmap. It offers ten suggestions to reform-oriented chief prosecutors: decide in advance how you want to be judged, evaluate and reward your attorneys for what you care about, collect and share data, build in second looks, have a clear and generous disclosure policy, do not turn a profit, reduce case delays, investigate police shootings independently and transparently, pay attention to office culture, and diversity your staff.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: prosecutors, criminal justice

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Date posted: February 15, 2017 ; Last revised: February 18, 2017

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Sklansky, David Alan, The Progressive Prosecutor's Handbook (February 13, 2017). UC Davis Law Review Online, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2916485

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Stanford, CA 94305
United States
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