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Prosecutors and Frequent Utilizers: How Can Prosecutors Better Address the Needs of People Who Frequently Interact with the Criminal Justice and Other Social Systems?

Institute for Innovation in Prosecution IIPFor many people who are arrested and charged, a combination of challenges—including mental illness, substance addiction, poverty, and trauma—can lead to frequent stays in local jails, emergency rooms, or homeless shelters. This publication from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution outlines how prosecutors can better serve the needs of those who frequently interact with the criminal justice and other social systems and how they can devise and implement collaborative, data-driven, and community-centered solutions that better serve the needs of all who are impacted by crime, without further extending the reach of the criminal justice system.