Beyond the Adversarial System - Achieving the Challenge

Wednesday Mar 14, 2018 - 03:00pm to 04:00pm EDT
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Traditionally, prosecutors and defenders are adversaries in the courtroom. In order to achieve the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) goals of systemwide sustainable change, collaboration with all system actors is essential. However, broader criminal justice reform can often be difficult to achieve when dealing with traditionally opposing roles. Therefore, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association have authored a joint publication entitled Beyond the Adversarial System: Achieving the Challenge, which stems from their April 2017 joint meeting that brought together SJC prosecutors and defenders from four jurisdictions. The goal of the publication is to provide prosecutors and defenders throughout the nation with effective strategies on how to collaborate and develop new ideas to address systemic criminal justice issues while still maintaining their traditional roles in the courtroom. Accordingly, the publication contains nine recommendations for prosecutors and defenders to foster beneficial and productive working relationships so that together, partners can create meaningful and lasting change.

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