“As the most powerful actors in the system it is incumbent that prosecutors lead and not follow in the criminal justice reform movement.”
Every day, thousands of times a day, prosecutors around the United States, wield power so great that it can bring about catastrophe as quickly as it can bring about opportunity, intervention, support, and yes, even love. Those qualities are the hallmarks of a strong community, and a strong community is a safe one. If our communities are broken, don’t let the lawyers that you elect fix them with outdated, inefficient, expensive methods. Demand more. Vote for the prosecutor that is helping people stay out of jail, not just putting them in. Demand better. You deserve it. Your children deserve it. The people who are tied up in the system deserve it. But most of all, the people who we are sworn to protect and do justice for demand it. We must, we must, do better. — Adam Foss, (TED Talk 2/18/16)
Prosecutor Integrity (PI) is rooted in the belief that prosecutors are the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system, with the unique ability to protect crime victims, improve community and public safety, and to bring about transformative change in an effort to end mass incarceration. With this belief, PI seeks to cultivate a movement of prosecutors, trained to view each case through a lens of cultural competency, integrity, compassion and concern for the safety of the public, well-being of the victim and the betterment of the person charged with the crime using recent advances in social, behavioral, and neurological sciences. Whether a career prosecutor or someone on their first day, PI seeks to equip those individuals with a new set of tools to shape the way they look at their cases.
Prosecutor Integrity was founded by Adam J. Foss, Co-Founder and President, and Ty Stiklorius, Co-Founder and Founding Board Chair. Adam is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA and a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in reform, including ending mass incarceration. In his role as an ADA, he spearheaded several intervention, diversion and rehabilitation programs. Ty Stiklorius is the Founder and CEO of Friends At Work, an innovative artist management, entertainment and social impact company based in Los Angeles.
Adam Foss is a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending Mass Incarceration. In his role as ADA he uses a lens of cultural competency on all his cases and has spearheaded several intervention, diversion and rehabilitation programs.
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Reading Program
An initiative co-founded by Foss to bridge the achievement gap of local elementary school children. Studies show a gaping disparity in the amount of time children are read to in low income communities as opposed to those in middle class and more affluent neighborhoods. Those disparities correlate to a stronger likelihood that children in low income communities will enter the criminal justice system. To combat this disparity, Foss, his coworkers and community volunteers spend hours each week reading to children in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. They work with the children on vocabulary, talk about current events and introduce the kids to community partners including police officers, lawyers, government officials and other professionals.
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Alternative Response to Crime (ARC) Program
In an effort sponsored by Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley, Foss spearheaded Suffolk County’s first juvenile diversion program. By using best practices in adolescent brain development and positive youth development, Foss hopes to steer youth out of the criminal justice system and into community based alternatives. Foss and his office have leveraged partnerships with local law enforcement, the Boston Public Schools, University of Massachusetts – Boston, the restorative justice community, mental health services, and youth-serving community organizations to create a robust network aimed at intervening and supporting youth who find themselves in trouble with the law.
Roxbury Choice Program
Foss served on the founding board of the Roxbury CHOICE Program, operated out of the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. CHOICE is a collaborative initiative to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney’s Office. CHOICE offers young adult probationers the opportunity to pursue either educational or vocational goals as an alternative to incarceration with the support and guidance of those agencies.