Dora’s Work in Office
Updated: Mar 2
Criminal Justice Reform: First Offender Initiative Program—available for all non-violent offenses; Alternative sentencing for low-level offenses; Resources for addiction and mental health; Mental Health Task Force; Cannabis Forums and Training—website and email for the public
Managing 12 attorneys and 14 assistants.
Digitizing: Changed to secure e-mail disclosure of reports, motions and videos to defense counsel, eliminating copying, paper and postage expense. Moved to online legal research and saved over $15k in costs.
Began all Grand Jury proceedings for probable cause findings on felony charges vs. weekly Preliminary Hearings.
“Smart on Crime”: Focus on serious and violent offenses, assigned Street Crimes Prosecutor.
Recalled all Failure to Pay Warrants
New forms for Fees & Assessments—to allow fee waivers for indigent defendants
Personal review of felony cases.
Weekly case review with our local Federal authorities.
Victim Rights training and Policy—new policies in office to ensure compliance
with Victim Rights’ Act.
Personal meetings with victims/families of violent crimes.
Legal Update Training for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Presented at Citizens Police Academy, Pot Panel, Crimestoppers, Career Days and Job Shadowing with local schools to explain the duties of the office.
Special Prosecutor for Whiteside County to handle prosecute sex abuse case.
Maintaining felony caseload as well as administrative duties.
Assist in all courtrooms: traffic, misdemeanor, juvenile and felony.
Quick responses to Department Heads and County Board.
Created State’s Attorney Facebook Page for increased awareness and accessibility.