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The Proactive Prosecutor in Alternative Courts. Tammy Westcott, Assistant District Attorney Director of Alternative Courts Tulsa County, Oklahoma. A Different Animal. Non-adversarial courts An effective prosecutor has a different mindset Therapeutic approach

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the proactive prosecutor in alternative courts

The Proactive Prosecutor in Alternative Courts

Tammy Westcott,

Assistant District Attorney

Director of Alternative Courts

Tulsa County, Oklahoma

a different animal
A Different Animal
  • Non-adversarial courts
  • An effective prosecutor has a different mindset
    • Therapeutic approach
    • Teamwork with the judge, defense attorneys, and the drug court team
    • Works toward recovery and productive citizenship rather than incarceration
    • Belief in the effectiveness of alternative courts
proactive what s it mean
Proactive: What’s it mean?*
  • Action and result oriented behavior, instead of one that waits for things to happen and then tries to adjust (react)
  • Identifies and explores opportunities
  • Takes preemptory action against potential problems rather than solving a problem after it occurs

*from Business Dictionary

core competencies of the prosecutor in alternative courts
Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*
  • #1: Participates fully as a Drug Court team member, committing him or herself to the program mission & goals and works as a full partner to ensure their success.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

  • #2: The prosecutor participates as a team member, operating in a non-adversarial manner, promoting a sense of a unified team presence.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

  • #3: As part of the Drug court team, in appropriate non-court settings (i.e. staffing), the prosecutor advocates for effective incentives and sanctions for program compliance or lack thereof.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

  • #4: Ensures community safety concerns by maintaining eligibility standards while participating in a non-adversarial environment which focuses on the benefits of therapeutic program outcomes.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

  • #5:Monitors offender progress to define parameters of behavior that allow continued program participation and suggests effective incentives and sanctions for program compliance.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

  • #6:Is knowledgeable about addiction, alcoholism and pharmacology generally and applies that knowledge to respond to compliance in a therapeutically appropriate manner.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

#7:Is knowledgeable of gender, age and cultural issues that may impact the offender’s success.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

#8: Contributes to the team’s efforts in community education and local resource acquisition.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

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Core Competencies of the Prosecutor in Alternative Courts*

#9: Contributes to the education of peers, colleagues and the judiciary on the efficacy of Drug Courts.

*from Adult DCPI Trainings

what does that all mean to me as a prosecutor
What does that all mean to me as a prosecutor?

Practical ways to be a proactive prosecutor

1 encouraging applicants
#1: Encouraging Applicants
  • Become active in pre-screening defendants and encouraging application to drug court
    • Work with Court Services or other agency at the jail to pre-screen possible applicants
    • Notify the arraignment judge and/or fellow prosecutors that a person might be a good candidate for an alternative court (not a guarantee)
    • Scan intake or charges ready to be filed for potential candidates and have a way to ‘flag’ cases
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Active Participant Count Increases in Tulsa County Court Programs since implementing active pre-screening procedures

March 2010 – March 2011: 11% increase

March 2010 – March 2012: 14% increase

March 2010 – Feb 2013: 39% increase

End of year active counts 2010 vs. 2011: 8% increase

2010 vs. 2012: 28% increase

increase in new pleas per year since implementing active recruitment
Increase in new pleas per year since implementing active recruitment

2010 to 2011: 28% increase

2010 to 2012: 53% increase

2 educate your office other prosecutors
#2: Educate Your Office & Other Prosecutors
  • Write articles for local criminal law publications (handout – “Collaborative Justice”)
  • Hold training events for all assistant district attorneys in your office
    • Who are good candidates for the program
    • Admission procedures
    • Get a group associated with alternative courts to provide lunch
  • Try to encourage the administration to allow new attorneys to shadow you for a day or two
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#3: Encourage Graduation &

Pro-social behavior

  • Orientation speech
  • Reminders at review dockets
    • Holidays
    • Warning if you see trends (i.e. K2 use)
  • Be present in staffing and at review dockets
  • Congratulate participants at promotions & encourage continued compliance (*post-plea adjudication)
  • Attend Graduations
increase in number of graduates since developing ways to encourage compliance graduation
Increase in number of graduates since developing ways to encourage compliance & graduation

54% increase in # of graduates

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Research confirms that the presence of the prosecutor at staffing and review dockets matters

  • Courts where the prosecutor attended staffing meetings had an average graduation rate of 58% versus 43% in courts where attendance occurred only occasionally or not at all.
  • For drug courts where the prosecutor attended drug court sessions, graduation rates were higher (55% vs. 46%) and there was substantial improvement in participant outcome costs compared to courts where the prosecutor did not attend (34% improvement in lowering outcome costs relative to their comparison group. )

NPC Research March 2008

http://www.npcresearch.com/Files/NIJ_Cross-site_Final_Report_0308.pdf

wrapping it up
Wrapping It Up:
  • Maintain a mindset of working with your team on therapeutic approaches toward recovery and productive citizenship, rather than incarceration
  • Continue to educate yourself about best practices, addiction, alcoholism, and pharmacology
  • Make efforts to educate peers, colleagues, the judiciary, and the community on the efficacy of Drug Courts (write articles, hold training events)
wrapping it up cont
Wrapping It Up: (cont.)
  • Seek ways to encourage more applicants
  • Be present at staff meetings and at court reviews as much as possible
  • Encourage Pro-Social Behavior and Graduation (orientation speech, recognize promotions, attend graduation)
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Contact Info:

Tammy Westcott, ADA

918-596-4893

twestcott@tulsacounty.org