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Prosecution Webinar Recordings

The Battered Women's Justice Project will be posting links to selected webinar trainings.  They will be organized by topic and date.  These links will take you away from the BWJP website to iLinc's website where you will be asked to sign in to access the recording.  Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*).



Part II: Stearns County Domestic Violence Felony Court: Keeping Victims Safe

July 10, 2013

Content: While offenders are identified as appropriate for the Domestic Violence Felony Court, victims have access to community based victim services, victim assistance available through the county attorney, and a legal aid attorney. The Stearns County Domestic Violence partnership includes legal aid services to provide civil legal services for victims and their children. Janelle Kendall will explain why these services are such an important component in the operation of the court. Co-presenters will discuss what they provide to victims and how these services have increased the safety and well-being of victims.

Presenters: Janelle Kendall, Stearns County Attorney, Ann Cofell, Deputy Director, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and Kim Salitros, an advocate from Anna Marie’s Alliance.

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Part I: Stearns County Domestic Violence Felony Court: Holding Offenders Accountable

June 20, 2013

Content: The court identifies repeat felony domestic violence offenders at the initial arrest stage. Once identified as appropriate for this specialized court, defendants are mandated to immediate pretrial intensive supervision that includes drug and alcohol testing and quick access to treatment ,if necessary, as well as strict no contact and behavior conditions. Janelle Kendall will describe the evolution of this court and co-present with law enforcement and corrections partners to detail how law enforcement collaborates with probation to provide this intensive supervision.

Presenters: Janelle Kendall, Stearns County Attorney, Becky Bales Cramlet, Community Corrections Division Director, Stearns County Community Corrections, and Lt. James Mortenson, St. Cloud Police Department. 

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Barriers to Solutions: Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking 

May 15, 2013

Content: Human trafficking thrives in rural, suburban, and urban jurisdictions across the country because it is routinely undetected, overlooked, or misidentified. The common misconception that “we don’t have human trafficking in our jurisdiction” leads many criminal justice system professionals to fail to recognize common indicators of human trafficking. Further, a lack of coordination between the criminal justice system and community-based programs results in a lack of victim identification and offender accountability.  While our ability to identify offenders and victims has improved, there are still significant gaps in the justice system’s response to human trafficking.

Faculty: Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas: A Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women.

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Prosecutorial Decision-Making: Anatomy of Discretion

April 29, 2013

Content: Prosecutors have broad discretion in making decisions that influence criminal case outcomes. Their decisions are pivotal on whether to file charges, to engage victims in their decision-making process, to proceed with prosecution, to craft plea offers, to seek restitution, to recommend the terms of sentencing. Prosecutors do so with little public or judicial scrutiny.

Faculty: Bruce Frederick, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Don Stemen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and a member of the Graduate Faculty at Loyola University, Chicago.  Discussant: Jannette Brickman, J.D. is the Senior Program Associate, overseeing the Supervised Visitation Initiative at the Vera Institute of Justice, Center on Victimization & Safety.

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Improving the Justice System Response to Witness Intimidation

December 14, 2012

Content: Violent criminals routinely escape justice by intimidating witnesses to their crimes, which has resulted in justice system professionals, community leaders, and researchers declaring witness intimidation a national concern and a challenge to administering justice. Intimidation crimes range from crude to complex and when successful, escape the purview of the justice system, and allow criminal behavior to continue unchecked. The pervasive nature of these crimes is devastating to victims and community confidence in the justice system's ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. This presentation will discuss the ways batterer’s intimidate and control victims; victim behaviors that are attempts to cope with their battering; effective investigation and documentation of intimidation and intimidation crimes, charging and trying the intimidator and strategies to hold these offenders accountable.

Faculty: Rhonda Martinson, an attorney advisor with AEquitas

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Stalking and Sexual Assault

November 29, 2012

Presenter: Michelle Garcia, Director, National Stalking Resource Center

Content: Research indicates that there is a connection between stalking and sexual assault. However, this intersection is often missed, particularly in non-stranger sexual assault cases. This webinar will examine pre- and post-sexual assault behaviors by rapists and explore whether these behaviors could be considered stalking and the potential benefits of doing so.

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Decreasing the Number of Incorrectly “Unfounded” Sexual Assault Reports

April 24, 2012

Content: Law enforcement is responsible for clearing cases using definitions provided by the FBI.  Case unfounding is a clearance method that includes, but is not limited to, cases that are determined to be false reports.  Unfortunately, in many sexual assault cases, unfounding may also be used improperly to clear cases that are believed or assumed to be false, rather than factually proven to be false. 

Over the course of 18 months, the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (ORSATF) trained approximately 600 Oregon police officers in 4 Oregon departments about the proper case closure methods for sexual assault reports.  Concurrently, the ORSATF conducted a series of audits of sexual assault reports that had been cleared as “unfounded” by those 4 departments.  Results from the data indicated strongly that a relatively basic training had a tremendous impact on the rates of incorrectly coding sexual assault cases as “unfounded.” 

Faculty:
Christine Herrman, Executive Director, Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force

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Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

February 23, 2012

Content: This presentation will examine the devastating dynamics of sexual assault by an intimate partner including the use of power and control in a battering relationship.  It will provide an overview of intimate partner sexual assault, the impact on victims and the resulting behavior and the importance of a coordinated community response to this crime.  Prosecutors and allied professionals will be better to recognize and respond to common challenges in these cases including the reluctant victim, victim intimidation and manipulation and confronting the misperceptions of the judge and jury.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be better able to:

Identify victims of intimate partner sexual assaults

Understand the unique medical-forensic issues for patients
        presenting after intimate sex assault

Successfully prosecute intimate partner sexual assaults

 
Faculty: Jennifer G. Long, JD, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women and Jenifer Markowitz ND, RN, WHNP-BC Medical Advisor.
 


The Blueprint for Safety: Evolution of the Prosecution Response

May 20, 2011

Content: Using the City of St. Paul’s
implementation of the Blueprint for Safety, this webinar will discuss the application of the Blueprint’s principles to prosecution response in domestic violence cases and demonstrate the value that this coordinated approach brings to prosecutors and victims.

Faculty: Jeff Greipp, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women and Director, the National Witness Protection Center; Teresa Skarda, Deputy City Attorney, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office, St. Paul, MN; and Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Attorney Advisor, the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

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Putting Context in Criminal No Contact Orders: A New Response for Prosecutors 

May 13, 2011

Content: Many practitioners view criminal no contact orders as an effective and essential tool in keeping victims safer while a prosecution is pending.  Victims, however, usually seek to have these orders rescinded.  This webinar will discuss what strategies prosecutors can use to determine which circumstances necessitate a criminal no contact order and how to thoughtfully balance the needs of victim safety and autonomy when addressing no contact order requests.

Faculty: Jeff Greipp, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas:  The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women and Director, the National Witness Protection Center; and Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Attorney Advisor, the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

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