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Prosecutors engage the justice involved.

Candidates for district attorney in Massachusetts heard directly from people with experience in the system when, in June, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts held its first candidate forum inside a jail as part of the ACLU’s “What a Difference a DA Makes” campaign.Crystal Haynes, “ACLU Hosts First Ever District Attorney Candidate’s Forum Inside Jail,” Boston25 News, June 26, 2018. For the ACLU’s campaign, see ACLU-Massachusetts, “What a Difference a DA Makes.” Six candidates for Suffolk County District Attorney answered questions from incarcerated people on topics ranging from policing to bail to sentencing. Haynes, “ACLU Hosts First Ever District Attorney Forum,” 2018.

This year, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, in collaboration with the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Columbia University Center for Justice, launched “Inside Criminal Justice,” a first-of-its-kind class for prosecutors and incarcerated students to study criminal justice policy together.New York County District Attorney, “Inside Criminal Justice Policy Presentation & Certificate Conferral Ceremony.” In 2018, prosecutors at all levels of seniority participated in the program as part of their Continuing Legal Education, and incarcerated students participated for college credit.NYCDA, “Criminal Justice Policy.” The students presented their ideas for change to audiences of local lawmakers; the program is expected to expand in 2019.NYCDA, “Criminal Justice Policy.”