Innovations in Gun Violence Prosecution Strategies

Mark Miller, American Prosecutors Research Inst.

ABSTRACT
Local prosecutors across the country are responding to the plague of gun violence by adopting a variety of innovative prosecution strategies, many of them influenced by the federal government's Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. The presentation will summarize recent research on how these gun violence prosecution strategies are evolving. An analysis of the major types of new gun prosecution strategies that local prosecutors are generating will be described. In addition, initial survey data from a longitudinal study olf gun violence prosecution strategies will be presented. How such strategies are implemented, how they change over time, the typical barriers encountered by local prosecutors in their use, and possible outcomes will be summarized.

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