Community Prosecution

Community prosecution is founded on the idea that prosecutors have a responsibility not only to prosecute cases but to solve public safety problems, prevent crime, and improve public confidence in the justice system. The strategy breaks with the traditional approach to prosecution in which a prosecutor works in an office adjacent to a criminal court, processes a large volume of cases, and measures success with conviction rates and sentence lengths.

In community prosecution, a prosecutor works directly in a neighborhood, develops relationships with local groups, aligns enforcement priorities with residents’ public safety concerns, and seeks solutions to prevent crime.

One of the goals of State Attorney Melissa Nelson and the State Attorney’s Office is to implement a Community Prosecution program in different communities of need throughout the Fourth Judicial Circuit.