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21 Principles for the 21st Century Prosecutor

Summary: In recent years, the role of prosecutors has received increasing attention. Given their powers, prosecutors are well positioned to make changes that can roll back over-incarceration. “21 Principles for 21st Century Prosecutors” offers practical steps prosecutors can take to transform their offices and, collectively, their profession.

  • Fair and Just Prosecution
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Emily Bazelon
  • The Justice Collaborative
Published: December 3, 2018

In recent years, the role of prosec­utors has received increas­ing atten­tion. Given their powers, prosec­utors are well posi­tioned to make changes that can roll back over-incar­cer­a­tion. The just-released “21 Prin­ciples for 21st Century Prosec­utors” offers prac­tical steps prosec­utors can take to trans­form their offices and, collect­ively, their profes­sion. The cent­ral aspir­a­tion of these prin­ciples is at once simple and profound: that prosec­utors will adopt a new and bold 21st Century vision for meting out mercy and justice.