Prosecuting Cases of Sexual Abuse in Confinement: A Case Study
Presented by Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas and Mona Shea, Assistant District Attorney, Travis County, TX
Sexual abuse in confinement is a significant issue that extends beyond our nation’s detention facilities and jails. Most inmates are eventually released from confinement, and inmates who have been sexually abused in confinement are more likely to return to their communities with sexually transmitted infections and mental health issues as a result of the trauma.
Misconceptions about and biases against inmates who are crime victims can make cases of sexual abuse in confinement challenging to prosecute. To effectively investigate and prosecute these cases, it is necessary for criminal justice professionals to understand the realities of a confinement setting as well as how to combat biases against inmates that will lead to credibility challenges that cast doubt on their testimony.
This webinar highlighted investigative and prosecutorial strategies by utilizing an actual case that was prosecuted at the local level. The webinar recounted the details of the case from the initial report through the investigation and prosecution. The webinar also highlighted the benefits of the collaborative response as well as the prosecutor’s trial strategies, and how these coordinated efforts resulted in a conviction.
Allied justice system professionals, including but not limited to prosecutors, adult and juvenile corrections staff, community-based service providers, faith-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.
Click here to view the recording of the November 22, 2013 webinar.
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