The Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast with David Onek

Jeff Rosen Interview Highlights

Rosen on Creating a Conviction Integrity Unit:
“The reason it is so important for a District Attorney’s office to have a Conviction Integrity Unit is sometimes there’s mistakes made in the criminal justice system. It’s a system made up of human beings -- from police officers to witnesses to prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges. And sometimes there are mistakes. And I think that it’s very important that just because a mistake may have been made five or ten years ago and someone perhaps was wrongfully convicted or received a sentence that they should not have received, we should go back and fix that. So, I think it’s part of having an ethic in the office of sort of continuous quality improvement.”

Rosen on Instilling Ethics in Prosecutors:
“We’re really trying to instill in our prosecutors the idea that it’s not just getting the conviction, although the conviction is very important to get, but it’s how we get that conviction. What was the process? It’s our responsibility as prosecutors to treat everybody professionally and respectfully, and to protect defendants’ constitutional rights even as we vigorously prosecute them.”

Rosen on the Community’s Perception of the DA’s Office:
“I have one foot in the office and one foot in the community. The perception that the community has of the DA’s office directly affects our ability to get justice -- to put criminals away, to protect people’s rights, to give people confidence in what police officers and prosecutors are doing. “

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