There is no "silver bullet" for solving gun crime.
Solving gun crime requires looking at every discharge of firearms, collaboration among a region's agencies, an understanding of the processes and procedures required, and, yes, the right technology. It requires a vision of how addressing gun crime could be — something our webinar speakers both have.
Join us for this recorded webinar sponsored by Ultra Forensic Technology with Brian Gray of the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office and Will Morris of the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office to learn:
- Why it is critical that communication between prosecutors, investigators, and forensic experts begins at the outset of a case
- The importance of establishing formal policies and processes to ensure the timely analysis of evidence
- How to work collaboratively to triage cases and how to identify the most violent offenders
Justice Clearinghouse Editors (JCH): Your webinar is specifically about prosecuting gun crimes. How has prosecuting gun crimes changed and evolved over the years?
Will Morris: Advances in technology and dedication to analytics have been a huge factor in giving law enforcement the ability to track and intervene more effectively in reducing gun violence in our communities.
JCH: What are some of the most common mistakes prosecutors and investigators make when investigating and prosecuting gun crime?
Will: Gun violence has become so prevalent in our community that it has become the new norm. With the volume of gun cases that we see, there is a tendency to become complacent with regards to low harm firearm-related incidents. Every firearm discharge, regardless of how serious, provides an opportunity to make a positive intervention in our gun crime problem. There is evidence and intelligence available with every gun crime that can be utilized to make a positive impact.
The most important steps that we have taken in Baton Rouge
have been through collaboration amongst agencies to make sure that we are utilizing our technology
and resources to their maximum potential
and improving our efficiency in processing and analyzing crime gun incidents.
JCH: Clearly, you’ve worked to help ensure gun crimes are efficiently and successfully prosecuted… that takes some effort, particularly by building processes and relationships to support that objective. Without giving the webinar away, describe the things you’ve done in Baton Rouge to successfully prosecute gun crime.
Will: The most important steps that we have taken in Baton Rouge have been through collaboration amongst agencies to make sure that we are utilizing our technology and resources to their maximum potential and improving our efficiency in processing and analyzing crime gun incidents. Specifically, utilizing ShotSpotter technology to its full potential, timely and comprehensive processing of all firearms evidence, analysis of all NIBIN leads generated by the crime lab, and timely communication of NIBIN hits to law enforcement and prosecutors to further investigations and prosecutions.
JCH: A large number of our readers and subscribers are in law enforcement, but we have representation from all parts of the justice arena. Can you share some specifics of what different types of justice professionals or first responders will gain by attending your webinar? What skills or new knowledge will they gain that they can immediately use the next day on the job?
Will: Prosecution of gun crimes is the last step in a long series of events that involves criminal justice professionals at all levels. No single entity can have a significant impact on gun crime. Gains can only be made through collaboration amongst agencies with a common goal. I think that my experiences in the steps that we have made in Baton Rouge regarding that collaboration may assist others.
No single entity can have a significant impact on gun crime.
Gains can only be made through collaboration amongst agencies with a common goal.
JCH: What inspired you to go to law school and to specifically choose this part of the law? What keeps you going and motivated, given everything you, as a prosecutor, see and experience during these cases?
Will: I knew in college that I wanted to go to law school and knew that I wanted to be involved in litigation. In law school, I knew I wanted to become an Assistant DA. The ability to participate in impactful cases to our community and achieve some sense of justice for victims’ families is what keeps me motivated.