Understanding Prosecutor Workload
CJR is currently working on research conducting a cost-benefit analysis of prosecutor diversions in four states, focusing on addressing racial/ethnic disparities and outcomes beyond recidivism. Diversion programs are an alternative to incarceration, particularly for low-level, nonviolent offenses (e.g., rehabilitation instead of jail time for illegal drug possession). Increased use of diversion programs could allow prosecutors more time for other cases, with the opportunity to lead to more equitable outcomes both in the cases they take to trial and in the diverted cases that keep more nonviolent individuals out of incarceration facilities.
In all that we do, we work toward reducing mass incarceration, increasing public safety, and ending racial and class-based disparities in the criminal justice system. Solving the issue of prosecutor workloads, budgeting, and staffing can aid in reaching these goals.
Our report findings led us to three major recommendations: