The National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute
International Fellows Author Papers on Innovative Prosecutorial and Crime Fighting Strategies
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NAGTRI held its annual International Fellows Program this summer hosting 23 attorneys from around the world. This year's theme of Innovative Prosecutorial and Crime Fighting Strategies allowed the participants to share ideas and experiences as they wrote joint papers addressing crime reduction. Their papers are now available.
Jeanette Manning, NAGTRI Program Counsel
The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) held its annual International Fellows Program from May 30 – June 7, 2015. After a very competitive process, NAGTRI selected and hosted 23 Fellows from around the globe, with attorneys from Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cook Islands, Denmark, El Salvador, Ireland, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Fellows heard and met with leaders in the criminal justice and law enforcement fields, such as George Kelling, PhD, who co-developed the Broken Windows Theory, David O’Keefe from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Supreme Court Clerk Scott Harris, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
The theme for the 2015 class was “Innovative Prosecutorial and Crime Fighting Strategies.” The fellows broke into four smaller groups, each addressing one of the following issues within the larger topic:
- How prosecutors may assist to reduce, investigate and prosecute crime given the increasing global nature of criminal activity.
- Fundamental ways prosecutors may work in the community to reduce crime.
- How prosecutors may assist in lessening recidivism rates when offenders are released from prison back into the community.
- How prosecutors can protect and enhance public confidence in the judicial system and the prosecution office.
The small groups allowed the fellows to learn from one another about their laws, their jurisdictions, the nature of their individual jobs, and the challenges each of them faced. Working together to develop a paper, the fellows in these small groups bonded both professionally and personally. In New York, they presented their findings at the New York University School of Law before an esteemed panel of prosecutors, all of whom are leaders in the field of creative prosecutorial techniques: Ronald Goldstock, Commissioner with the Waterfront Commission of the New York Harbor; Heather Pearson, Assistant District Attorney with the New York District Attorney’s Office; and William E. Schaeffer, Chief of investigations with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
The fellows, whose jurisdictions ranged from large developed nations to small island nations, recognized that there were differences in their duties and their systems of justice. However, no matter the jurisdiction and no matter from a civil law or a common law nation, they came to recognize that they had common goals: seeking justice and upholding the rule of law.
The completed papers may be accessed using this link.