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Prosecutorial Leadership in Victims’ Rights
Transcript of Prosecutorial Leadership in Victims’ Rights
The process of change is NOT self-initiating.
Identify strengths and weaknesses
Create powerful teams
Acknowledge successes along the way
Set goals and objectives
Be systems orientated
Here we GO!
Community Readiness Model
High Level of Community Ownership
How ripe are the issues?
Is the enviroment ready?
Are your plans and strategies consistent with Community Readiness Levels?
Identifying Leaders and Champions
Community Knowledge of Efforts
Community Knowledge of the Issue
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:
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:
Major Partnerships that put victims first!
Be Prepared to:
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
-Denver Justice Center Bond
-Revived the program
-Focus on the victim
-Dignity and respect
-Specialized Private Suite
-Prosecution/witness prep/testimony classes
Denver District Attorney
Director, Special Programs Unit
Denver DA's Office
-Javad Marshall Fields &Vivian Wolfe
-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.
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).
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.
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.
William Woody, Special to The Denver Post
Rose A. Andom
Family Justice Center
Doors Open 2016
Denver Forensic Collaborative
Aurora Theater Shooting Executive Recovery Committee
SART: Sex Assault Response Team
Started in 1995
Serves Elementary Schools Throughout Denver
Multiple Partners Involved