Toward a Prosecutorial "Civil Service": A Wisconsin Case Study

David M. Jones, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

The traditional view of the Prosecutor's office is that it is a temporary position, one that is used as a stepping stone to either private practice or a political career. There is some evidence (anecdotal and otherwise) that there may be some changes in this situation, at least in the state of Wisconsin. In this paper the author proposes to examine data on the tenure and career paths of Prosecutors and ADA's in order to determine if there have been basic changes in this picture. If the evidence suggests a change, possible reasons therefore and consequences thereof will be discussed.

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