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11/21/2018

At a time of unprecedented immigration enforcement where the federal government heavily relies on the criminal legal system to target immigrants and their families and communities, prosecutors play a critical role in determining immigrants’ fates in this country. Prosecutors across the country are beginning to recognize the important role they play as gatekeepers to the deportation pipeline. Many are looking for policies and practices they can adopt that will take into account the specific concerns of immigrants and help mitigate the drastic immigration consequences that can attach to a variety of convictions. The below represent best practices that should be foundational elements of any immigration-informed prosecutorial policy platform.