The Power of Indiana Prosecutors

Prosecutors are key decision makers in the criminal justice system who hold people’s lives in their hands. But in Indiana, there is very little public information available about prosecutors’ policy stances and actions.

As some of the most powerful people in the criminal justice system, prosecutors decide whether to keep, change, or drop a charge against someone; whether to offer a plea bargain; whether to recommend bail; how a case is investigated; and whether to offer someone who is accused of a crime the chance to participate in a diversionary program, such as drug treatment, instead of trying to send them to prison.

You can hold prosecutors accountable while in office and in future elections.