Recognizes impact of childhood exposure to violence, including resulting adult violence, and alteration of the structure of the brain; urging that professional energy be focused on children traumatized by violence.
Highlights degree to which children live with violence in their daily lives, and the toll it takes on them as victims or witnesses, and the long lasting and far reaching consequences.
Memorandum to all prosecutors regarding newly issued DOJ guidance that establishes the minimum discovery considerations that prosecutors should undertake in every case. Also requires each office to have a discovery coordinator to assist in meeting discovery obligations. Click here for Memorandum that details the steps each prosecutor should take to ensure that all discovery is provided in each case. Click here for Memorandum that directs each office to develop uniform discovery policies within the office.
This manual provides basic information about gang prosecution and was designed to "help local prosecutors and investigators visualize and prepare for every step of a gang-related prosecution."
This guide, created by a DOJ working group, "is intended for use by law enforcement and other responders who have responsibility for protecting crime scenes, preserving physical evidence, and collecting and submitting the evidence for scientific examination." It addresses a number of topics related to crime scene investigation including: contamination control, documentation, and prioritizing evidence collection.
In July 2015, President Barack Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct a review of “the overuse of solitary confinement across American prisons.” The President directed that the purpose of the review be not simply to understand how, when, and why correctional facilities isolate certain prisoners from the general inmate population, but also to develop strategies for reducing the use of this practice throughout our nation’s criminal justice system. Over the past several months, a team of senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice met regularly to study the issue of solitary confinement— or “restrictive housing,” to use the more general corrections term—and formulate policy solutions. This Report is the culmination of the Department’s review.