Prosecutors play an incredibly important role in our society. But they are human – and therefore imperfect – and capable of making errors. At times, some will wield their power inappropriately – and a much smaller, but extremely important, number of them affirmatively commit misconduct. We believe that everybody – including prosecutors – wants to see errors and misconduct addressed, corrected, and deterred.
Research and experience have shown, however, that our systems of ensuring accountability in the wake of such acts have utterly failed to properly address the problem.
The Prosecutorial Oversight Campaign is a national tour to initiate dialogue and seek answers to these questions:
• What are the systems we rely upon to ensure prosecutorial accountability?
• What does research-based evidence tell us about how well those systems are working?
• What improvements should be made to these systems to ensure quality and accountability?
Existing Systems of Accountability
American Bar Association
Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities Of A Prosecutor
New York State
Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities Of Prosecutors and Other Governmental Lawyers
Research on Prosecutorial Misconduct
Innocence Project Report: Court Findings of Prosecutorial Misconduct in DNA Exoneration Cases
Center for Public Integrity: Harmful Error
University of Missouri - Kansas City Law Review: Judicial Reporting of Lawyer Misconduct