Prosecutors hold immense power in the criminal justice system. They decide who to charge with what crime, when to offer deals, what sentences to recommend, and much more. Aside from legal statutes, ethical and constitutional rules govern what prosecutors can and cannot do. But a system that incentivizes bringing criminal cases to trial”and winning them”can motivate prosecutors to bend or break the rules to get a conviction. And all too often, when they cut corners or act unethically, their actions remain hidden. Reporter Nina Sparling takes us to New York to look at the profound impact breaking the rules can have on families and communities, especially when its done with impunity.
70 MILLION: AN EFFORT TO HOLD PROSECUTORS ACCOUNTABLEFelix Gonzalez