The Office of District Attorney belongs to the people of New Hanover and Pender County. Those of us who work in the office understand the importance of getting out into the community we represent. Every year, we speak to thousands of students at all levels in our public schools to have a dialogue about choices and consequences before they have the right to remain silent. We also hold seminars for our senior citizens on identity theft, fraud and other issues confronting them. We proactively work with area agencies and groups to confront issues as broad ranging as drug additiction to domestic violence and sexual assaults, to property offenses. Assistant District Attorneys and Victim Witness Legal Assistants sit on the boards of charitable and civic organizations that are too numerous to mention and every person within the office is encouraged to volunteer in the community. Simply put, community-based prosecution means working with everyone to achieve justice.
Read more about this topic in Ben David's Law Review article, “Community-Based Prosecution in North Carolina: An Inside-Out Approach to Public Service at the Courthouse, on the Street, and in the Classroom” and visit The Five Arms of the Starfish page to learn more about this unique approach to community engagement.