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Prosecutorial Leadership in Victims’ Rights

This workshop will explore the role of the prosecutor in developing and facilitating the creation of interdisciplinary collaborations to improve the delivery of justice to the community and enhance the quality of victim services. The political, fina
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Joshua Thurmond

on 29 April 2016

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To work with the community to create a model environment which offers outreach as well as innovative, specialized, seamless and integrated services to all victims of crime, helping to strengthen and restore the fabric of our community.
The process of change is NOT self-initiating.
Competence
Reliability
Integrity
Communication
Research
Cross-train
Identify strengths and weaknesses
Create powerful teams
Acknowledge successes along the way
Set goals and objectives
Be systems orientated
Here we GO!
Training
Inclusiveness
Launch Strategies
Steve Siegel
srs@denverda.org
THANK YOU!
J.C. Thurmond
No Awareness
Denial/Resistance
Vague awareness
Preplanning
Preparation
Community Readiness Model
Initiation
Stabilization
Confirmation/Expansion
High Level of Community Ownership
How ripe are the issues?
Is the enviroment ready?
Are your plans and strategies consistent with Community Readiness Levels?
IMPLEMENTATION
Sustainability Planning:
Forecasting
Identifying Leaders and Champions
Volunteer Management
Program Partners
Key Collaborators
Resource Development
F
unds
F
riends
F
inds
Efforts
Community Knowledge of Efforts
Leadership
Community Climate
Community Knowledge of the Issue
Resources
http://www.triethniccenter.colostate.edu/communityReadiness.htm
Assessment of readiness is done for 6 key dimensions (1-9)
Who's not at the table??
Who will be...
a) Characteristics: social (members, social background, religion, cultural aspects), status of the group (formal, informal, other) and structure (organization, leaders, etc.).

b) The main problems affecting or facing the group (economic, ecological, cultural, etc.).

c) The main needs and wishes, interests (openly expressed, hidden, vested), motives (hopes, expectations, fears), and attitudes (friendly/neutral/hostile towards implementation agencies and others) as seen from the group’s point of view.

d) The potential in terms of both strengths (resources) and weaknesses of the group, and what could the group contribute or withhold from the project

e) The linkages indicating main conflicts of interests, patterns of cooperation or dependency with other groups.
From the MIT model of Identifying Stakeholders
We don't just do math!
Analyze identified groups:
Set priorities:
Decide whose interests and views are to be given priority in addressing problems.
Which are the groups most in need of external assistance?
Which interest groups should be supported in order to ensure positive development?
What conflicts would occur by supporting given interest groups and what measures can be taken to avoid such conflicts?
Keys to the Future:

Resources

Structure
Major Partnerships that put victims first!
Re-learn
Re-audit
Re-think
Re-develop
Re-energize
Be Prepared to:
Planning

for

Partnerships
http://web.mit.edu/urbanupgrading/upgrading/issues-tools/tools/Ident-stakeholders.html
Concerned in any way with the project

Located in the region

Hold an influential position

May be affected by the problems addressed in the program
-Victim's are family members
-On Average, 60 crimes
-Largely burglary
-Denver Justice Center Bond
-Revived the program
-Rehab based
-SAIC
-Focus on the victim
-Dignity and respect
-Specialized Private Suite
-Specialized training
-Prosecution/witness prep/testimony classes
Mitch Morrissey
Denver District Attorney
Steve Siegel
Director, Special Programs Unit
Denver DA's Office
-Dire Need
-Darrent Williams
-Javad Marshall Fields &Vivian Wolfe
-Specialized team
-Lifestyle coaching
-Full relocation and SSN change
Dedicated to Victims of Crime
Jacie Taylor, 19, is found raped and strangled to death in the bathtub of her apartment. Robert Dewey is accused of the crime.
JRP II
Roughly 9200 qualifying inmates have met with a prison case manager.

The JRP II model exceeds the protections the Colorado Victims’ Rights Act provides.

JRP II covers all “violent felony cases.” This includes Murder (1st and 2nd), Assault (1st and 2nd), Kidnapping (1st and 2nd), Aggravated Robbery, Arson (1st), Burglary (1st), Sexual Assault, and Sexual Assault on a Child (only if the child was a stranger to the defendant).
1996
During the trial, experts testify that blood found on Dewey's shirt could be a mixture of Taylor's and Dewey's blood. Questions loom about whether Dewey's blood was already on the shirt and if Taylor's blood is present at all.
October 17, 1996
Robert Dewey goes to prison for life as a complicitor in the rape and murder of Taylor.

Over 5,000 qualifying cases reviewed

Created efficient system for post-conviction review

Locating and determining the condition of evidence in cases early on

Not holding defendants accountable for the actions of their trial attorneys

Instituting a defendant initiated application process.
2011
Dewey's shirt is retested and Taylor's DNA is not found.

JRP (Denver) find DNA under the victim's fingernails, on a blanket and on the leash used to strangle Taylor point to Douglas Thames.

Dewey is exonerated because prosecutors could not show a connection between Thames and Dewey.

Thames is charged with the murder of Taylor.
2012
William Woody, Special to The Denver Post
Questions?
Thank you!

Rose A. Andom
Family Justice Center
Doors Open 2016
Denver Forensic Collaborative
Aurora Theater Shooting Executive Recovery Committee
Resiliency Center
SART: Sex Assault Response Team
Started in 1995
Serves Elementary Schools Throughout Denver
Multiple Partners Involved
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