The Juvenile Prosecution Unit prosecutes all juveniles charged with offenses which would be punishable as felonies if committed by an adult. In addition, the Unit also prosecutes all juveniles who are charged by the Rhode Island State Police, State Fire Marshall and the Department of Environmental Management. The Unit is responsible for the prosecution of all juveniles who are charged with violations of probation, as well as the prosecution of adults who commit child neglect and exploitation of a minor.
In addition to prosecuting cases, members of the Juvenile Unit work within the community to educate students and the public about juvenile laws and prosecution of juveniles. The staff also serves on several committees and task forces pertaining to juvenile and child abuse cases, including the Rhode Island Sex Offender Registration and Notification Task Force, the Rhode Island Council for Interstate Compact for Juveniles, Hasbro Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program, the Child Advocacy Center at Day One, among several others.
In addition to the six prosecutors, two paralegals and support staff, the Juvenile Unit is assigned a victim witness assistant, responsible for corresponding with juvenile clients who have been the victim of juvenile offenders, as well as adult offenders charged with child neglect. This staff member also assists prosecutors with interviews of juvenile victims and witnesses, attends Family Court hearings and coordinates with the Rhode Island Juvenile Probation Office on issues of victim restitution. In addition, this staff member serves as part of the Child Advocacy team attending bi-weekly meetings at Day One, where cases of molestation and sexual assault are reviewed for potential criminal prosecution.
To schedule one of the Juvenile Prosecution Unit's prosecutors to come speak to your school about the dangers and consequences of sexting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.