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Conflict in Investigation week 5 discussion 2

Orison : Why is there sometimes conflict and tension between police, prosecutors, and corrections? Most police officers work hard to get a case closed out and ready to prosecute. When the DA’s office gets the case one of two things tend to happen they offer a plea or they dismiss the charges. I feel this is the biggest thing that causes tension between the agencies. The DA is concerned with keeping their number looking good and not as worried about making sure the suspect pays for the crime committed. Next for those whose plea includes corrections time they offer good time and early release as well as making prison more like a spa trip. There are times it feels like a waste of time to put a case together and send the offender away because they live better than I do. Cable TV, any type of exercise equipment they want, and getting to sit around and play games all the time. Maybe it is just me but how is this punishment? I say bring back the chain gang and work them until they are too tire to want to do anything but sleep.

Why is there often tension between state, federal, and local authorities?   Each group has slightly different rules and responsibilities. We do things differently and have different priorities not to mention that as cops we do not like to share information for fear that someone else will get the bust. This causes issues when the different agencies have to work together.

In regard to the investigation and prosecution of a case, what are some of the costs of tension? The DA’s office has time on their side and can arm chair quarter back what you did on scene. They feel things should have been done differently or something should have been documented differently but they were not there and did not have to make the decisions on the fly.  Next comes the plea agreements which are made and offered without consulting the officer and getting our input.

Without making major changes in the system, what could be done to alleviate tension and conflict in order to create a better working relationship? I think it could start off with better communication between all the groups and next would be more interaction between the agencies. Training's, cases, and fun competition would all be great ideas to get the agencies together to interact.

My responses not complete.

Orison: I support the discussion as it has good information on Conflict in Investigation. It is true when the DA’s office  receives the case, either they make a plea, or they dismiss the charges. The case enters the prosecution phase, after the district attorney files charges. The district attorney then will take the case into a courtroom and will work on proving whether or not the defendant is guilty of the crimes, that have been charged against them. Even after charges have been filed, a district attorney can still add, subtract, change, or dismiss charges in the case. & if a case gets dismissed, charges can be refiled, up to a definite point in time, if new proof is obtained. It is bad that the DA is concerned with keeping up there numbers.


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Women's Justice Center. (2010). Part 3 - Advocating for Victims at the District Attorney's ... Retrieved from justicewomen.com/handbook/part3_advocatingforvictims.html - Similar

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