Beyond Conviction Rates: Measuring Success in Sexual Assault Prosecutions (SAKI)

September 27, 2018
From 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

[Time listed in Eastern Daylight Time]

Presented by Jennifer Long, CEO, AEquitas, and Elaine Borakove, President, Justice Management Institute, as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Training and Technical Assistance

The prosecution of sexual violence is unlike the prosecution of other crimes. While success in criminal cases is traditionally determined by whether or not a conviction is obtained, conviction rates alone fail to capture the unique challenges in sexual violence cases, the victim’s experience with the criminal justice system, and the strengths and opportunities for improvement in our practices. The crimes themselves have been and remain widely misunderstood. The reasons given for why certain sexual assault kits had not been submitted for testing (for instance, the offender was known to the victim, the crime was not “provable”, or the victim was perceived as not credible) - reflect some of these common misunderstandings, which have often impacted the evaluation, investigation, and prosecution of cases. Now more than ever, as previously unsubmitted kits are being tested, it is critical to understand our practices, the improvements that have been made of the years, and the progress still required.

How do we improve our practice? How do we assess where we are, identify and improve our weaknesses, and sustain promising practices? This presentation will discuss performance management (PM) practices designed to help jurisdictions identify how decisions in sexual assault cases have been made in the past and how they’re currently being made, as well as how PM can help us focus on desired outcomes and the practices necessary to achieve them. The presenters will discuss how offices can utilize outcome measures to better capture the quality of their investigative and prosecution strategies while accounting for the difficulty and complexity of achieving justice for sexual violence. Finally, the webinar will encourage participants to collaborate with allied professionals as a multidisciplinary team to implement performance management: prosecutors, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and victim advocates are each critical to achieving improved, sustainable practices and outcomes and in these cases.

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, probation and parole officers, judges, etc. are encouraged to register for the webinar.

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