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
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.
(2013, August 1). The Untouchables: America's Misbehaving Prosecutors ... The
Justice Center. (2010). Part 3 - Advocating for Victims at the District
Attorney's ... Retrieved from justicewomen.com/handbook/part3_advocatingforvictims.html
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