Welcome to the Politics of Prosecution Podcast. This podcast examines the interaction between politics, broadly defined, and criminal prosecution on the local, state and federal levels. Our goal is to produce a variety of shows using different media. Our first series of eight episodes is produced by students in High Point University’s Honors Program. They will look at a variety of issues raised by ongoing events.
The seventh episode features a look at the most recent iteration of state-level criminal prosecution known as community prosecution. The precise contours of community prosecution—perhaps fittingly—have not been fully explored. Each jurisdiction adopting it does so in different ways and to different degrees. The basic idea, however, is that prosecutors interact with the community so that the prosecutor’s office can better address the community’s concerns. This episode introduces the early community prosecution programs and then features an interview with Jim Summey, the director of High Point (NC) Community Against Violence. Through his efforts and partnership with police and prosecutors, High Point has become a model for law enforcement nationwide. He describes the program and identifies the challenge presented by a new generation. It concludes with a discussion about community prosecution’s efficacy.
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A special thank you goes to HPU’s Media Services Librarian Josh Harris for allowing us to use the Mini-Studio and his outstanding recording equipment.
Kelsey Donmoyer performed the editing this week.
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